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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Utah Senate Race: Nominating System Poses Challenges For Orrin Hatch Re-Election

Sen. Orrin Hatch (UT) is an institutional relic that needs to go. Hatch voted YES on NDAA and the Patriot Act. Last election, Utah voters got rid of Bennett in the primary and replaced him with Mike Lee. Sen. Mike Lee has a decent voting record and he voted NO on NDAA and the Patriot Act. The Utah caucus system is a grassroots slug fest that makes it easier to get rid of worthless establishment Republicans. I hope they succeed in getting rid of Hatch. Liberty activists and grassroots folks need to work to abolish the primary system of electing public officials and replace it with the caucus system.
To avoid a primary, Hatch needs at least 60 percent of the 4,000 delegates expected to vote. In spite of Hatch having spent more than $5 million since the beginning of 2011 to defend his seat, the fate of one of the most powerful senators in the country is coming down to just a few hundred votes. "The process in Utah is either an unmitigated disaster or the best way to have a true democracy," says Tom Chapman, 63, a delegate from South Jordan who hasn't yet chosen a candidate. "This gives people an opportunity to do something that you can't do with sound bites and ads," Chapman says. "Everybody has a chance to ask the question important to them and (the candidate) can't dodge them." Hatch and his two key challengers, former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist and state Rep. Chris Herrod, have been appearing every day, several times a day, at restaurants, in backyards and at school libraries with mere handfuls of people, trying to secure votes one delegate at a time. Hatch's opponents have spent far less money on the race. Liljenquist has only spent about $225,000 while Herrod has spent just $20,000. By most accounts, Hatch supporters came out in force for caucus meetings last month and overwhelmed the tea party crowd angling for a change, putting him close to that 60 percent threshold....
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The Huffington Post 

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