After his resounding victories in Michigan, Mississippi and Hawaii on Tuesday night, Donald Trump is moving closer and closer to winning the GOP nomination. Will Utah’s Senate delegation support him?
The Washington Post reports about half of the Republicans in the Senate appear ready to get behind Trump if he is indeed the nominee. That number includes Sen. Orrin Hatch who said he will support the eventual nominee whoever that turns out to be. For his part, Sen. Mike Lee won’t even comment on the possibility of a Trump nomination, but a spokesperson tells the Post “that’s not going to happen.”
By our count, the slightest majority — 29 of 54 — have indicated they will support the Republican nominee even if it’s Trump.
There’s one senator so far, Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.), who has endorsed Trump. Another 23 have specifically said they will support whoever is the nominee. They include party leaders like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), the Senate’s No. 2, Sen. John Cornyn (Tex.), and Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah), the most senior Republican senator. Most of the senators in this category say they’ll support Trump for one simple reason: He’s better than Hillary Clinton.