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Utah's unique system for nominating a Senate candidate puts pressure on incumbent Orrin Hatch
KAYSVILLE, Utah (AP) ' Every handshake counts in Utah's unique nominating system, even for a senator seeking his seventh term.
At Granny Annie's Cafe, just outside Salt Lake City, Sen. Orrin Hatch treated about 70 people to scones and juice ' and nearly two hours of his time ' one morning last week. Nearly all were delegates set to vote for a nominee at Saturday's state GOP convention.
To avoid a primary, Hatch needs at least 60 percent of the 4,000 delegates expected to vote.
In spite of Hatch having spent more than $5 million since the beginning of 2011 to defend his seat, the fate of one of the most powerful senators in the country is coming down to just a few hundred votes.