Hatch in Good Position Heading To Primary
Senator Orrin Hatch is in a primary fight for his political life with fellow Republican Dan Lijenquist. The two have be debating each other for quite some time. Hatch was seen on television on Wednesday walking with presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, which is sure to help his chances.
The two candidates have received important endorsements, but the most important of all may be Romney’s. He is Mormon, graduated from Brigham Young, was in charge of the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002 and in 2008 took over 90% of the GOP vote in the presidential primary.
Lijenquist has had to use unorthodox methods of campaigning to get the attention of voters. Hatch, on the other hand, has used the $10 million in his campaign fund and other leaders of the GOP to make a case for him to have a seventh and final senate term. Hatch feels he is significantly in the lead and has carefully avoided making any mistakes that could lead to a loss.
Lijenquist had pressed Hatch for a debate to be televised, but campaign leaders for Hatch said the Senator’s responsibilities in Washington left him without time to have a televised debate but he could have one radio debate, which was on June 15.
Hatch has made a point over the last two years of reaching out to critics, while shifting his commentary and votes towards the right. Over his career, he has voted 90% to the right, but over the past two years, it has been 100% to the right.
Outside forces helped defeat Republican Senator Robert Bennett during 2010, but Hatch has not allowed them to be as united against him. Club for Growth, a conservative group spent over $250,000 in 2010 to defeat Bennett, but has not spent money to oust Hatch.