Utah senator Orrin Hatch leads his closest primary challenger by double digits, according to his campaign’s internal polling. Conducted by Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research from April 11 to 14, the poll shows Hatch with 63 percent of the vote, while his closest challenger, state senator Dan Liljenquist, has only 21 percent. To avoid a primary, Hatch needs to win 60 percent of the vote at the state GOP’s convention this Saturday. The poll surveyed 306 Republican caucus delegates and had a margin of error of 5.7 percent.
Holly Richardson, chairwoman of Liljlenquist’s campaign, tells NRO that Hatch’s polls are “bogus.” “Our internal rankings show we’re in a much better position; we’re going to push [Hatch] to a primary,” she says. Asked if she could provide some numerical figures, Richardson says that, in their polling, “we’re a lot closer to 50–50.”