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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.
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.
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