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Hatch Forced Into Primary



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From the Washington Post:

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch will face off against conservative former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist in a June primary after the six-term incumbent failed to win 60 percent of the vote at the state Republican convention on Saturday.

Hatch took 57 percent on the first ballot and then 59 percent on a second ballot, one on one fight against Liljenquist. Hatch needed to win 60 percent of the vote to avoid a June 26 primary.

Hatch, who’s been shifting gears rightward since his former Senate colleague Bob Bennett was ousted at the 2010 Utah GOP convention, remains the favorite to win the primary.



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