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Utah: Third Republican Poised to Join Senate Contest

The Beehive State’s Senate GOP primary field is starting to get crowded.

On Monday, businesswoman Cherilyn Eagar (R) said she was forming an exploratory committee as she moves toward challenging Sen. Bob Bennett (R) in 2010. Her announcement comes less than two weeks after Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said he would challenge the three-term Senator for the Republican nomination.

Like Shurtleff, Eagar said she was troubled that Bennett was a key Republican voice during passage of the $700 billion Wall Street bailout bill in October.

“Utah’s conservative principles are no longer being represented in the U.S. Senate, and no conservative has entered this race,— Eagar said in her announcement.

Eagar is the vice president of marketing for a real estate Internet marketing company and served on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s Women for Mitt committee during the 2008 GOP presidential primary race.

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