Thursday, June 26, 2008

Incumbent Congressman Loses Primary

The third incumbent Congressperson lost their primary this week, highlighting the hostility against incumbents. One of the country's most conservative representatives was ousted for a candidate who claimed to be even more conservative. Six-term Congressman from Utah's Third District Chris Cannon lost to former chief of staff to popular governor John Huntsman Jr., Jason Chaffetz who captured 60% of the vote.
Cannon had a cash lead and strong name identification. He also secured important conservative endorsements from The American Conservative Union and President Bush, who remains popular in Utah. But Chaffetz was able to paint Cannon as an insufficient conservative on issues like immigration. Chaffetz is likely to beat the Democratic nominee Bennion Spencer, a former television reporter.

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