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Orrin Hatch and why elections have consequences

Is the old Orrin Hatch back?

In this Thursday, June 28, 2012 photo, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, talks with The Associated Press at his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. With his re-election to a seventh term all but assured, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch can think about his legacy. He’s very clear about what he wants: a deal that restructures the tax code while also slowing and even stopping the government’s accumulation of debt. To get it, he says he’ll practice the art of compromise. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
The Utah Republican Senator, who survived a tea party challenge last month by focusing on his conservatism and voting in lockstep with his party’s ideological right wing over the last two years, appears to be shifting back into deal-maker mode, according to an AP report Monday. But Hatch’s spokeswoman is disputing the story.

Regardless, though, the situation proves that old political adage: Elections have consequences.

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Orrin Hatch poll shows him in driver’s seat for GOP Senate nod

Orrin  Hatch poll shows him in driver’s seat for GOP Senate nod

Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch may not follow in his one-time homestate colleague Bob Bennett’s footsteps after all.

The longtime Utah senator, who is trying to avoid losing, as Bennett did in 2010, at this month’s state GOP convention, released a poll Monday showing he’s in control when it comes to that convention vote. The data also suggests he might do something no one thought possible a few months ago: avoid a primary entirely.

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