Utah GOP Chair Dave Hansen says that out of state groups need to be careful if they try to intervene in the party caucus meetings which take place on March 23.
The Club for Growth and RedState.com have been attacking Senator Bob Bennett because of some of his moderate stances. Hansen tells Politico those groups need to be careful because they might face some backlash.
"These delegates like to make their own decision and they want to make it based primarily on what they personally learn about the candidates and what they learn from the candidates themselves," he said. "Utahans are not crazy about real negative campaigns. If it gets personal and negative, that tends to have a negative reaction."
Hansen acknowledged, "It's kind of an anti-incumbent, anti-Washington year" and the Club for Growth's involvement had "raised chatter level" about Bennett's primary challenge.
Hansen says despite the opposition, he thinks Bennett is “probably” the favorite.