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ALPINE, Utah (AP) -- The National Federation of Independent Businesses has endorsed Republican Mike Lee for U.S. Senate.
Lee picked up the endorsement on Tuesday.
Lee is an Alpine attorney running against restaurateur Sam Granato, a Democrat, to replace outgoing GOP U.S. Senator Bob Bennett.
Bennett had been seeking a fourth term, but failed to advance to the Republican primary because many GOP delegates didn't find him conservative enough.
Granato is trying to pull off an electoral upset by labeling Lee as someone who is too extreme for Utah. Utah hasn't elected a Democratic U.S. senator since 1970.
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