OREM, Utah, Sept. 27, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — Locked in a neck and neck race with independent candidate Evan McMullin, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, is bolstering his re-election bid with high-profile approval.
Lee’s campaign released an endorsing video of former Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday, calling Lee a “principled” leader and “the only conservative in this race.”
“I’m here for one reason and one reason only, and that is that Utah and America need Senator Mike Lee six more years in a Republican majority in the U.S. Senate,” Pence says in the video. approval. “Our nation, in many ways, is in crisis. And now more than ever, we need strong, principled, conservative leadership in the United States Senate.
Lee and Pence filmed the endorsement while the former vice president was in Utah to speak Sept. 20 at Utah Valley University, where Lee and McMullin are scheduled to debate Oct. 17.
“My hope and prayer is that when we re-elect Senator Mike Lee here in Utah, he will be part of a new Republican majority in the United States Senate to begin to return our nation to the policies that have made our country strong, secure and prosperous under the Trump-Pence administration,” Pence said.
Lee, who first took office in January 2011, is locked in a tight race with McMullin in his bid for a third term in the Senate.
McMullin, who once had Lee’s backing as an independent presidential candidate against Donald Trump in 2016, again has allies across parties in his bid to unseat the pro-Trump incumbent.
A recent Deseret News poll indicates the race is neck and neck with Election Day just six weeks away.
The Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics survey released Sept. 22 indicates that 36% of Utahns would vote for Lee, while 34% would choose McMullin if the election were held today. Dan Jones & Associates surveyed 815 registered Utah voters for the poll, which has a 3.4% margin of error.
A poll for the Utah Debate Commission released Sept. 19 showed Lee an 11-point lead over McMullin. Of the approximately 500 Utah voters polled, 48.1% said they would vote for Lee, while 37.3% preferred McMullin. The poll has a margin of error of 4.3%.
Pence calls Lee “a man whose faith, whose devotion to his family, and whose commitment to conservative principles is unparalleled in the United States Senate. And so I say to all the good people here in Utah, join me, my family, and people across the country in supporting the re-election of the only conservative in this race.
Lee called Pence his “good friend” in the video, saying, “He and I bumped into each other a bit in Congress before he was governor of Indiana, and then I constantly interacted with him for that he was President of the Senate.”
Pence was invited to UVU as a guest of the Gary R. Herbert Institute for Public Policy and spoke at a forum designed to promote civil dialogue and diversity of thought, according to a press release from the university.
Addressing a crowd of nearly 700 people at UVU’s Noorda Center for the Performing Arts, Pence covered several topics, including American culture, freedom, economy, education, immigration, anti-abortion politics and political divisions, the statement said.