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Republican leaders are increasingly alienating tea-party activists, whose disapproval of GOP leaders is now at 71 percent, with approval at just 27 percent, according to a Pew Research Center Survey released earlier this week.

Another Pew survey this summer found that rank-and-file Republicans want to see their party move to the right. Fifty-four percent said the GOP needs to be more conservative, while 40 percent said it should become more moderate.

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Lee, meantime, is facing some uncertainty in his home state. His approval rating has been lackluster — typically lower than other members of the congressional delegation and well below other statewide officials.

Through the end of June, he had $72,860 in his campaign account and owed $58,177 in consulting fees.

Former Utah Republican Party Chairman Thomas Wright has said he is considering challenging Lee when he’s up for election in 2016.


Twitter: @RobertGehrke

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