Game, Set, Hatch

by Robert Costa

Later Tuesday, if the polls are accurate, Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah will escape the fate of a couple of his fellow white-haired Republicans: He’ll survive a tea-party challenge. Hatch leads his primary foe, former state legislator Dan Liljenquist, by double digits in most polls, and in a Deseret News survey released on Monday, 60 percent of likely GOP voters say they’ll back him.

Hatch’s likely victory can be credited to the 78-year-old senator’s pluck and his brazen politicking. For over a year, Hatch has outspent and outmaneuvered his conservative critics. From securing Palin’s endorsement to quietly courting tea-party activists, he has been tenacious. Here are five more reasons why he’ll win.

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