Saturday, April 21, 2012

Hatch Blocked (For Now)

Orrin Hatch

Doggone Offended? Credit: Gage Skidmore

X-posted from the Left Coast Rebel

Good news regarding Utah's 36-year progressive Republican Orrin Hatch over at Memeorandum, via today's 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 forces had hoped to win the nomination outright on Saturday. He came up short on that goal. But, Hatch did avoid the fate of Sen. Bob Bennett (R), who two years ago lost his bid for reelection when he finished third at the state party convention amid deep discontent directed at him from conservatives.

Previously at the Left Coast Rebel:

If you're a liberal, statist or progressive Kool-Aid drinker, what's not to like about Orrin Hatch?

Could Dan Liljenquist be the next Rand Paul or Mike Lee?

: Malkin has more, including a lot more info on Liljenquist.

Added: Donate to Dan Liljenquist HERE.

*The runoff election will be on June 26.


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