Hard pivot toward Trump proves costly for red-state ally
Like many GOP primaries this year, the challenge to Sen. Mike Lee in Utah turns on the question of fealty to Donald Trump. Unlike in most of those primaries, however, the issue isn’t whether he’s loyal enough. It’s whether he’s gone too far.
In most red states, that wouldn’t be a problem. But in Utah, where many Republicans continue to harbor reservations about Trump’s character, the appearance that Lee has bent over backwards to curry favor with the former president is complicating his bid for a third term.
Lee’s predicament is a...