Utah Republican Mike Lee has won the Utah Senate race, defeating never-Trump candidate Evan McMullin.
This was a race that had some Republicans concerned a few weeks ago, but Mike Lee pulled it out.
McMullin would have been a disaster for Republicans.
Breitbart News reports:
Sen. Mike Lee Wins Reelection, Defeats Never Trumper Evan McMullin
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) won reelection on Tuesday night, defeating Never Trumper and Utah independent Senate candidate Evan McMullin, according to projections.
Fox News called the race in favor of Lee, who will enter his third term.
Unlike most states, Lee did not face off against a Democrat as his primary opponent. Instead, he had independent candidate McMullin. Instead of pushing their own candidate, the Utah Democrat Party endorsed McMullin’s bid to oust Lee instead of their own.
Lee and others have consistently criticized McMullin for his cozy ties with the Democrat Party, which includes using the Democrat fundraising tool ActBlue, fundraising with Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), and fundraising with leftist activists such as Alyssa Milano. McMullin has even paid over $1.9 million to Democrat operatives to carry out his campaign.
This is why Lee has accused McMullin of feeding the “Democrat industrial complex.”
Even though he has pledged that he would remain independent in the Senate if he were elected, Lee and others have predicted that he would have caucused with the Democrats if he were elected.
This is a huge relief.
Way to go, Mike Lee!
Cross posted from American Lookout.