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Victory in Utah! Pro-Amnesty GOP US Senator goes down in flames.

Liberal Republican three term US Senator Bennett was crushed by two rivals. Multi-term incumbents are the hardest to beat, but outrage at Bennett’s liberal votes and pandering to special interests, sent him to a humiliating third place.

Mike Lee and Tom Bridgewater, who came in 1st and 2nd, will face each other in a runoff.

In 2005, Bennet had been re-elected as the GOP candidate with 69%. This time he got 26%. Utah has a unique process in which 3,500 GOP delegates, not the general public, elect the GOP candidates.

Bennett had been endorsed by Mitt Romney and other high profile figures. His loss sent shockwaves through the John McCain re-election camp which is in a tough primary race against a conservative TEA Party activist. According to Rasmussen, support for McCain has dropped from 53% to 47% since January. His right-wing challenger Hayworth has 42%, with enough undecideds to potentially win.

From AP…

The political atmosphere obviously has been toxic, and it’s very clear that some of the votes that I have cast have added to the toxic environment,” Bennett told reporters Saturday, choking back tears.

“Looking back on them, with one or two very minor exceptions, I wouldn’t have cast any of them any differently, even if I had known at the time they were going to cost me my career.”