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Internal Poll: Orrin Hatch Can Win Nomination at Convention

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

An internal poll of Utah Republican delegates conducted for Sen. Orrin Hatch’s campaign found the six-term incumbent with enough support to secure the nomination at this month’s state convention.

Hatch is supported by 62 percent of attendees, followed by former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist with 16 percent and state Rep. Chris Herrod with 5 percent. Hatch needs at least 60 percent of the 4,000 total delegates to win the nomination at the convention. If no candidate takes 60 percent, the top two finishers advance to the June 26 primary.

The survey of 335 delegates elected last month and set to vote at the April 21 convention was conducted by Dan Jones Associates March 27-29. Eighty-one percent said they were not a delegate in 2010, when then-Sen. Bob Bennett (R) lost his bid for re-election at the convention, and 62 percent said this is the first time they have served as a delegate — both positives for Hatch, whose campaign sought to make the convention delegate population closer to that of a primary.

“The results of the poll show that Senator Hatch has a great deal of support among the new delegates to the state convention,” Hatch campaign manager Dave Hansen said in a statement. “Neither the senator nor the campaign is taking anything for granted.  He will continue to work hard meeting with as many state delegates as possible before the state convention.”

All of the campaigns will continue to reach out to delegates to win support before the convention.

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