Breaking: Utah Delegates Force Orrin Hatch Into Primary in Senate Race

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Utah Republican delegates forced longtime Senator Orrin Hatch into a primary race today at the state convention. Hatch will face Sen. Dan Liljenquist in a June 26 primary. has a livefeed from the convention today.

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Reportedly neither candidate U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch and former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist received more than 60 percent of the vote in the second round of voting today. The two will advance to a June 26 primary.

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  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque


    He hates Tea Party types, so it would be sweet for him to be swept out of office by them.

  • Babsy
  • He did better than Bennett in 2010 — Hatch made it to the primary and could win it. This isn’t over yet.

  • vg0va3

    Hey Orin, “you may want to put some ice on that.” It looks like YOU just got, “punched in the mouth” by the Tea Party.

    Don’t worry, the WAPO has your back.

  • dunce

    If he had any decency he would have had a hand in picking his replacement and not forced a lot of money to be spent in a primary battle, but he is the same type of swine as McCain.

  • Patty

    This is how the system works. I believe that this presidential election will be filled with fraud.

    I cannot believe with the way this administration has acted out and short of truly great endeavors will do anything to correct Voter Fraud.

    Iraq has fingerprints, we need voter ID, picture and address that coincides with each voter.

  • Note that the WaPo article clearly states that this was expected to go to the primary

    “Said Hansen, “The odds are, we’ll probably go to a primary, and if we do, we’re ready for it.” ”

    Assuming the stats in the article aren’t completely made up (a non-zero possibility), Hatch should still probably be considered the favorite.

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  • Andrew

    “Iraq has fingerprints, we need voter ID, picture and address that coincides with each voter.”

    Iraq doesn’t have fingerprints. They have indelible ink. Purple ink.

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  • tommy mc donnell

    hatch is a classic example of what the people get when they vote for career politicans. he lose since ceased to be a representative of the people and became a party member of the RNC.

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  • bg


    April 20, 2012

    Conduct unbecoming a senator

    [“Some of their disciples here who are Utahn say they’re not Republicans
    but they are going to take over the Republican Party,” Hatch has said.
    “We don’t want radicals to take over our party.” Radicals? Isn’t that what
    Nancy Pelosi and President Obama call us?]


  • StrangernFiction

    You would hope that one of the most conservative states could do better than someone who openly despises actual conservatives.

  • Rich K

    Excellent point tommy. No matter if its the republican,democrat,green,socialist or communist party,its always Party First.Let the prolitariat hang and stay on four legs.

  • obfuscatenot

    Rid our Nation of career politicians, begin to cure the cancer.

  • bg


    re: #15 April 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm bg

    [Sen. Hatch also has a penchant for bailouts and spending earmarks. He
    voted for TARP, the bailout of Wall Street. He supported the bailouts of
    GM and Chrysler and the housing bailout that rewarded Fannie and
    ’s bad behavior. He even voted to protect the infamous “Bridge
    to Nowhere.”


  • I think he said of us (that he regards as libertarians or something) that he’d punch us in the mouth. I wonder how much wealth this mooch accumulated while on the thrown? I wonder how much debt the nation has accumulated during his spending spree?

  • Georga

    Freedom Works has spent a ton of money against Hatch….no money against Dems in comparison. Hatch’s record on voting has been quite good and he’s a senior member of congress which makes him an important person to have there.
    I’m a Tea Party lover, but I’m not for Freedom Works on this.

  • Clm

    Let’s just say, that I think the “punch them in the mouth” comment may have created the primary. I’m not sure but I think if he hadn’t said that, chances are he would have had 60% of the delegates. He said it recently enough though, that it didn’t make a big change. It did make enough of one.

  • John C. Randolph

    It is entirely appropriate that voting for TARP proves to be a career-ending mistake for any Republican in the congress. Any Democrat who voted for the PATRIOT act should come to the same end.


  • TeaPartyNation

    Contrary to the delusional wet dreams of dingy-harry reid and the socialist media, the Tea Party is alive and well and continuing to do great things for America.

    All patriots should support Dan Liljenquist to be the next Senator from Utah.

    Now, it’s on to Indiana and the replacement of lugar – who doesn’t even live in the state and cannot even vote there ! – with a real conservative and actual representative of the people of Indiana.

    Hey, orrin – remember those inspiring words from drunk-as-a-kennedy, corrupt, crazy pelosi (the MOST DISLIKED member of congress!): “…elections shouldn’t matter as much as they do…”

    Now, doesn’t that make you feel better.

  • bg


    April 12, 2012

    GOP-On-GOP Attacks Leave Orrin Hatch Fighting Mad

    [“Utahns thought we sent a conservative to Washington,” an announcer in
    one ad eerily intones. “But Orrin Hatch has risked your children’s future by
    voting to raise our nation’s debt limit 16 times. Orrin Hatch gave away your
    family’s money for bailouts for Wall Street bankers.”


    “These people are not conservatives. They’re not Republicans,” Hatch
    angrily responds. “They’re radical libertarians and I’m doggone offended
    by it.”

    Then Hatch, a former boxer, turns combative. “I despise these people,
    and I’m not the guy you come in and dump on without getting punched
    in the mouth.”]


  • bg


    TeaPartyNation #24 April 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    re: [Now, it’s on to Indiana and the replacement of lugar –
    who doesn’t even live in the state and cannot even vote there !]


    there is a God, and we are the people, Amen..


  • tommy mc donnell

    its too bad the democrats don’t have a tea party, then maybe the people could really start to take their country back from the politicans.

  • Multitude

    Why won’t these damn tea party types sit down and shut up? Senator Hatch, along with other distinguished Tories, recognize what is best for the little people. Republican redistribution is much more responsible than Democratic, as it goes to well deserving billionaires and other RINO special interests in exchange for their continued political contributions. By giving billions of dollars in regulatory constraints that limit competition, government purchasing contracts and other benefits paid for by the confiscation of middle class assets, Hatch, Lindsay Graham and other Republicans ensure plenty of jobs.

    Of course, the middle class is a bit too expensive for those jobs. That’s why Senator Hatch and other Republican Elites have been supportive of H1B visa programs that bring college educated engineers over to the United States from India, China and elsewhere. And when you can’t bring enough foreign folks over to earn 30% what the middle class requires to survive and pay the tax burden the RINOs and Democrats have imposed, Republican Elites provide favorable regulatory and tax treatment to their large business friends so that the jobs can be moved offshore at an economic benefit.

    Never mind China is using this environment to raid every American company and take its intellectual property. Never mind it’ll ensure the obsolescence of the United States within two decades.

  • lynched1

    Good. Hatch is an old horse too far removed from pasture.

  • anti-bho

    Hatch is a member of the Judiciary Committee.
    Should we be fortunate enough to regain the WhiteHouse the guy can be more valuable than any junior senator.
    Wake up!

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  • bg


    anti-bho #30 April 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Wake up!

    w have, to being railroaded & blackmailed via intimidation..

    sort of like the kind your post exhibits.. ..


  • nitnot

    From an exile in Utah … what dunce, tommy, obfuscatenot, and lynched said. When Hatch first ran for office, his campaign emphasized that the incumbent had been in office too long … all of 3 terms … hypocrite much, Orry … go home and draw your Social Security and thank your lucky planet that you get it, which I will never receive … (is there an emoticon for spitting?)

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  • Old One

    atch could have bloocked Kagan getting on the Supreme Court but the ols senile rin played along to get along. Hatch deserves defeat along with Lugar and in 2014 Goober Girly Graham.Utah relatives say he has become toxic there and may get whacked in the primary.

  • StrangernFiction

    Hatch’s record on voting has been quite good

    I guess it depends on the definition of good.

    Hatch has a lifetime average with the National Taxpayers Union of 72 (This is from 1992 forward, as NTU doesn’t have ratings available on their website for prior years). Since 1992 he has only received three A’s from the NTU, and this is despite representing the most conservative state. By comparison Richard Lugar has a NTU lifetime average of 70.

    Sorry, but given the state that he represents this is not good enough.

  • anti-bho

    fly in your teapot?

  • anti-bho

    politically challenged much?

  • anti-bho

    These leftist pieces of sh*t should have their passports pulled and be placed under arrest upon re-entry into the U.S.
    WTF gives these a-holes the right to sh*t on our constitution, teach their seditionist beliefs to our students, and flaunt it in our faces by pulling a stunt like this.

    US Professors Attend an Occupy Wall Street Conference in Tehran

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  • StrangernFiction

    When Hatch first ran for office, his campaign emphasized that the incumbent had been in office too long … all of 3 terms … hypocrite much, Orry

    [When Orrin Hatch ran for the United States Senate the first time, he campaigned against then Democratic Senator Frank Moss. Hatch traveled Utah asking and answering a simple question: “What do you call a Senator who’s served in office for 18 years?” “You call him home,” he said.]

  • Seedtickinohio

    Please let Mitch McConnell be next…..warm up for that one….

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  • Shirley

    But Brian Williams told me the Tea Party was dead?

  • bg


    StrangernFiction #41z April 21, 2012 at 7:08 pm



  • MVH

    StrangernFiction #41
    Hear! Hear! Hatch has been in the Senate since the mid-seventies!!

    He may be OK as some have noted. However, none of the disastrous things the Feds done to We The People over the last 30 years could’ve happened without Hatch’s, et. al., comlpiance or silence.

    The only time you hear his whiny voice and caterwauling on talk radio is when he’s in some sort of “political trouble.” He was on the Hugh Hewitt and Mark Levin shows talking about this primary challenge. And how disastrous his losing the senate seat could give his place in the Senate Finance Committee to a Dem.

    Time for a change.

  • bg


    anti-bho #39 April 21, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    hah, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet, just make sure you keep Orrin, he’s been
    doing such a bang up job, why look how far he’s brought US in what, 35 years?? /s/


  • bg


    re: anti-bho #39 April 21, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    re: [Tehran]

    been posting the following ad nauseum, guess you, and most likely
    many others, either haven’t seen it yet, or really aren’t interested..
    and/but whichever & whatever, here is a bit of much more..

    3 Members of Muslim Brotherhood in Obama
    Administration Named by Tarek Fatah : 2011

    Islamist-allied operatives appointed by Obama are undermining U.S. security policy – explains counter-Intelligence expert, Prof. Clare Lopez. Aimed at co-opting Americas foreign policy in the Middle East, a network including well-known American diplomats, congressional representatives, figures from academia and the think tank world – with ties to the clerical regime in Tehran – is directing the Obama Administration’s policy towards the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Middle East


  • Sasja

    Either we want to rid ourselves of these old fossils or we don’t. I hope Hatch gets tossed out on his ears. Get some strong conservatives in the Senate and House, with a GOP majority, and maybe we can start the process to get back to being the Republic our founders
    gave us. Otherwise, it will be business as usual and you can kiss America goodbye.

  • bg


    apologies if the following were not directed at me, someone
    either has no manners, or they don’t care who they insult..

    anti-bho #37 April 21, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    re: [fly in your teapot?

    my dear dad always said i could catch more with honey
    than vinegar, oh wait, that was bees, you a bee?? /s/

    anti-bho #38 April 21, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    re: [politically challenged much?]

    yes, i may very well be politically inept,
    truths & facts however, not so much..


  • bg


    re: #50 April 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm bg

    nah, it was flies..

    but my bee question stands.. 😀


  • Estragon

    Hatch will win easily. If Bennett had made it to the primary, he would have won easily. The TP activists can take over caucuses and elect convention delegates, but most Republicans need more reason to oust long-term incumbents. Lugar qualifies. Bennett and Hatch were only challenged because TP activists don’t like their attitude.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Bennett and Hatch were only challenged because TP activists don’t like their attitude.

    They have good reason to want to stick it to Hatch.

  • John Smith

    What a terrible article. Could’ve at least mentioned what the freaking vote tallies were.

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  • AuntieMadder

    Orrin Hatch’s July 2003 Arnold Bill.

    Do I need another reason to hope he’s voted out of congress?

  • tommy mc donnell

    hatch would like to “punch his constitutents in the nose.” how is that for a servant of the people? do you think the orrin hatch of thirty years ago would have said that.

    he feels that he is ENTITLED to that senate seat for the rest of his life. this is what happens when people are in power too long. instead of asking what have i done to make my constitutents upset with me, he is insulted that anyone would dare to challenge him.

    in this country the elected representatives of the people have long since ceased to be that. instead the have become the elected representatives of the RNC and the DNC doing what the party bosses want without regard to what their constitutents want. this is how you get a dictatorship with a ruling class instead of a democracy with a government of representatives that do what the majority of its people want.

    “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

  • tommy mc donnell

    #52 estragon…anyone that wants to live in a country with freedom shouldn’t like that attitude.

  • 1RedBeard

    Hatch still doesn’t quite understand. This delusionary state comes about from living in the D.C. bubble for most of his life, and losing all touch with real life. No better case can be made for term limits.

  • I was a delegate at the Utah GOP Convention. Hatch was around 30 votes out of 3200 cast short of avoiding a primary, which requires he pick up 60% of the vote to avoid a primary. He has a lot of respect here in Utah, and with the prospect of being Finance Committee chairman, coupled with Romney’s full endorsement was too compelling for most to vote for any change. He should easily win a Primary.

    The race your ant to keep an eye on is Mia Love in the 4th Congressional District (Utah). She is incredibly inspiring and will shake up Washington if elected. Her candidacy will dispel the stereotype of a Utah Mormon. As a black, female, conservative – who is very articulate – she has a great future ahead of her.

  • Reese Cooper

    I was at the convention. Hatch received 59.19% of the vote. He will crush Dan Liljenquist in the Primary.

  • demsaresatanic

    What a disgrace! After all Hatch has done for Utah and the nation in general!

  • anti-bho

    “yes, i may very well be politically inept,
    truths & facts however, not so much..”

    thought so…. but the lack of both have become so obvious there was really no need to ‘fess up.

  • richard40

    Deciding whether to vote out rhinos like Hatch depends on what state they are in. If it is a dem leaning state like deleware or massachussets I am far more forgiving of Rhinoism, since to some degree it is necessary for survival. But in a very conservative state like utah, or any state in the old confederacy, or the conservative rocky mountain states, there is no reason to forgive rhinoism. Hatch should go. Its not likely primarying him out would elect a dem.

    So my basic standard is, if a state has voted solidy repub for the past 2 decades, there is no excuse for rhinoism, but if it is a dem leaning or swing state, some tolerance for rhinoism is necessary.