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Last night’s primaries

(Paul Mirengoff) Last night was a relatively quiet one on the primary front. That’s mainly because it became clear a month ago or more that Sen. Orrin Hatch would cruise to victory over insurgent candidate Dan Liljenquist. Nothing, then, for the MSM to fixate on here. Show More Summary

Hatch Cruises to Easy Primary Win

"The tea party, big-spending PACs and challenger Dan Liljenquist failed Tuesday to force 78-year-old Orrin Hatch into retirement," the Salt Lake Tribune reports. "The self-proclaimed 'tough old bird' flew easily through the GOP primary, so now only Democrat Scott Howell stands between him and a record-shattering seventh term."

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch turns back primary challenge from Dan Liljenquist

Six-term Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) survived a primary challenge Tuesday night, easily beating former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist . With 6 percent of the vote in, Hatch led Liljenquist 69 percent to 31 percent. Read full article >>

Sen. Hatch prevails after bitter primary fight, CNN projects

(CNN) – Longtime Sen. Orrin Hatch will win the GOP primary in Utah, CNN projected Tuesday, though his bid for a seventh term in office has not gone without a fight. Underdog Dan Liljenquist, 37, a former state senator, waged a spirited attempt to unseat the longtime senator, hoping to emulate the tea party-fueled ouster [...]

Low Turnout in Utah

That’s bad news for Dan Liljenquist: “Voting was off to a slow start Tuesday in Utah’s primary election. Polling places around Salt Lake City were averaging about 50 voters per location halfway through the day. “This is the lightest I’ve ever seen for a primary,” Sugar House election official Mary Rasmussen said midmorning. Show More Summary

Utah Senate primary today

Incumbent Orrin Hatch versus Tea Party insurgent Dan Liljenquist. I can’t think of any reason to pick Hatch over Liljenquist, but Hatch might win by default because he’s the incumbent. The latest poll shows him leading 60-32.

Sen. Hatch likely to keep seat in Utah's GOP primary

(CNN) – While longtime Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah is favored to win Tuesday's GOP Senate primary, his bid for a seventh term in office has not gone without a fight. Underdog Dan Liljenquist, 37, a former state senator, has waged a spirited attempt to unseat the longtime senator, hoping to emulate the tea party-fueled [...]

Poll Shows Hatch Likely to Win Tomorrow

Orrin Hatch is backed by 60 percent of the voters, while challenger Dan Liljenquist is at 32 percent in a new poll from Deseret News/KSL-TV. Hatch has been working for a long time now to avoid the fate of Bob Bennett in 2010 — even gaining Sarah Palin’s endorsement — and it looks like he will survive tomorrow’s Utah primary.

Poll: Longtime GOP senator holds large lead over primary challenger

(CNN) - One day before Utah's GOP Senate primary, a new poll indicates that longtime Sen. Orrin Hatch holds a nearly two-to-one lead over his primary challenger, former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist. According to a Deseret News/KSL survey, 60% of registered voters in Utah who say they'll vote in the GOP primary back Hatch's bid [...]

Hatch Looks Safe in Primary

A new Deseret News/KSL-TV poll finds Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) leads challenger Dan Liljenquist (R) in the Republican U.S. Senate primary, 60% to 32%. The primary is on Tuesday.

Santorum endorses Hatch's GOP challenger

(CNN) - Former Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum added his voice to the Republican primary contest in Utah on Friday, endorsing the candidate challenging longtime Sen. Orrin Hatch. "Plain and simple, Dan Liljenquist is the stronger conservative in this race." Santorum said in a statement. – Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker – Check out [...]

Hatch to appear at Utah debate (kind of)

(CNN) - Sen. Orrin Hatch may look a little stiff at a debate Thursday–given he'll appear as a cardboard cutout. In response to the senator's refusal to take part in an on-stage debate, his Republican challenger Dan Liljenquist will hold a debate of his own, standing side-by-side a life-size image of the senator. – Follow [...]

Programming notes

Thursday’s “Daily Rundown” line-up: DCCC Chairman Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) with Wisconsin takeaways, Arizona expectations and more… U.S. Senate candidate Dan Liljenquist on his upcoming primary against Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)… NBC’s Kelly …

Beltway barnacle Orrin Hatch a debate no-show; challenger Liljenquist will debate virtual Hatch instead

Heh: The Dan Liljenquist for US Senate Campaign will be hosting a “debate” on Thursday, June 7 at 7:00pm. Since Senator Hatch has refused to participate in the debate, Liljenquist will go up against video clips of past Hatch statements. Thursday, June 7 7:00pm-8:30pm Sons of Utah Pioneers Building 3301 E. 2920 S. Salt Lake [...]

In Utah Senate race, a rush to embrace Romney — and Bain

First, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) played up his ties to Mitt Romney in the face of a tough reelection bid. Now, with the Utah Senate GOP primary three weeks away, state Sen. Dan Liljenquist (R) – who will face Hatch at the polls on June 26 -- is similarly embracing the presumptive GOP nominee, including Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital. Read full article >>

It’s Time for Beltway Barnacle Orrin Hatch To Go

It’s Time for Beltway Barnacle Orrin Hatch To Go by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2012 Six-term entrenched incumbent Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is attacking his conservative challenger, Dan Liljenquist, over his alleged support for tax hikes in Washington. My sides ache. Liljenquist has never voted for federal tax hikes or massive entitlement spending or [...]

Top Headline Comments 6-1-12

June? Huh. June. Two videos this morning. First up, Orrin Hatch opponent Dan Liljenquist says he supports tax increases (he calls them "revenue enhancements") if necessary to cut the deficit and as part of a deal to cut entitlement spending....

It’s Time for Beltway Barnacle Orrin Hatch To Go

Six-term entrenched incumbent Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is attacking his conservative challenger, Dan Liljenquist, over his alleged support for tax hikes in Washington. My sides ache. Liljenquist has never voted for federal tax hikes...Show More Summary

Liljenquist goes up with new ad against Hatch

(CNN) - The candidate challenging longtime Sen. Orrin Hatch in Utah's GOP primary issued his second ad on Friday, blasting Hatch for increased spending in Washington. While former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist has been railing against Hatch in recent weeks for declining to take part in a televised debate, Liljenquist held back from raising the [...]

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