Bombshell: Sen. Orrin Hatch fails to lock up GOP nomination
Today Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch failed to secure the 60% delegate vote needed to lock up the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate. He will face off against State Sen. Dan Liljenquist in a GOP primary. This is a huge victory for Utah Tea Party activists.
With 59.19 percent of the vote, Hatch fell just shy of winning the Republican nomination outright at the state GOP convention. Delegates gave Liljenquist 40.81 percent of the vote in the second round of balloting. Candidates need 60 percent of the delegate vote win the nomination without a primary runoff.
Hatch calls his loss a tremendous victory:
Orrin Hatch on convention results: ‘I consider it a tremendous victory’ http://t.co/Pd4CBjz8
— Matt Lewis (@mattklewis) April 21, 2012
— Billy Hesterman (@billyhesterman) April 21, 2012
Meanwhile, his staff is putting up a brave face:
— JB Poersch (@jbpoersch) April 21, 2012
Twitter reaction ranged from happy to orgasmic:
— Lake Mills Right (@lakemillsright) April 21, 2012
Thank goodness! C'mon Utah, vote for Dan! – Hatch Fails to Win Nomination at Convention; Will Face Primary http://t.co/I25JAn9a
— Nancy Clay (@NancyLClay) April 21, 2012
— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) April 21, 2012
Go @DanForUtah! Fight against the establishment! Fight against a guy who's had a lot of control over spending for past 18 years and failed.
— Monica (@ahh2fly) April 21, 2012
Kristina Ribali and @FreedomWorks deserve credit for helping force the primary.
— Michael Bates (@BatesLine) April 21, 2012
How much did Sen. Hatch spend in his failed attempt to secure the nomination today? A lot:
— Maggie Thurber (@maggie82) April 21, 2012
— Dean Clancy (@DeanClancy) April 21, 2012
To beat Hatch in the primary, Liljenquist will need to shore up his bank account:
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) April 21, 2012
— Dan Liljenquist (@DanForUtah) April 21, 2012
Earlier Twitchy coverage here.