The latest from guest blogger Kay Atkinson King
Utah U.S. Senate Race
The Waning of Tea Party Influence?
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT 1977-present) entered the Senate after defeating Senator Frank Moss (D-UT 1959-1977) by a 54% to 45% upset 36 years ago in the 1976 election. Moss, who like Hatch is a member of the Church, was the last Democrat to represent Utah in the U.S. Senate. In Hatch’s last four reelection efforts (1988, 1994, 2000, and 2006), the lowest vote he received was 62% in a three-way contest in 2006.
The 4th longest-serving U.S. Senator in the current Congress and the longest-serving Republican member of the Senate today, Hatch is only four years away from becoming the longest-serving Republican senator ever. [Read more…]