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Utah Senator Orrin Hatch survived his state's Republican nominating convention yesterday, but barely failed to get enough votes to avoid a June primary. It'll be the six-term senator's first primary in 36 years. Still, he's not complaining because convention delegates didn't toss him from the race and ultimately from the Senate. That's what they did two years ago with three-term incumbent Bob Bennett.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, ducked the fate of his former colleague, Utah Sen. Bob Bennett, and won strong support at the Utah Republican convention Saturday, but it wasn't quite enough to win the GOP nomination outright.
The six-term Utah senator needed 60 percent of convention delegates' votes to win: he got 59 percent. That means he'll compete on the Republican primary ballot June 26, against former state senator Dan Liljenquist for the Republican nomination and the chance to take on a Democratic opponent in the fall election.
Originally published on Sat April 21, 2012 3:00 pm
Two years ago, Robert Bennett, a Republican senator from Utah, was voted out of office at the state's Republican convention. Bennett's friend, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, has worked hard over the past year to avoid the same fate at today's state convention. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz talks with NPR's Howard Berkes about the results of today's convention vote.
State officials in Utah now say a computer breach 10 days ago is far worse than they originally thought. Hackers made off with 280,000 Social Security numbers and "approximately 500,000 other victims had less-sensitive information stolen," according to the Utah Department of Health (UDOH).
Officials originally said that about 25,000 state Medicaid records were accessed on March 30 when unidentified hackers believed to be from Eastern Europe exploited a configuration error for a new state computer server. The error left the server without security protection.