Hatch Forced Into Primary Election

    Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, speaks about health care at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. A Republican drive to repeal the year-old health care law ended in party-line defeat in the Senate on Wednesday, leaving the Supreme Court to render a final, unpredictable verdict on an issue steeped in political and constitutional controversy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch will be fighting for the seat he has held for 36 years in a June primary after falling short by 50 votes at the GOP convention. Hatch is seen as a mainstream elder in the state, but despite his tenure is facing one of his toughest elections yet. Hatch is being challenged by a Tea Party devotee, 37-year-old former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist. The winner of that contest is heavily favored to win against Democrats in November.

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