It is no secret that there has been some behind the scenes back stabbing within the Utah Republican party about Utah Senator Hatch. Because of this political maneuvering that has been going on, I have been keeping my eye on this re-election race….and just spotted this poll (see below) in ROLL CALL. Right now, Senator Hatch is way ahead of his possible party challenger.
Senator Hatch has been very conservative on fiscal matters for years, so he should be the darling of the Tea Party in Utah. He also has enormous seniority in the Senate. His seniority is such that if the Senate goes Republican, he will be the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. He is currently the ranking Member. That is a very powerful job! I have wondered if Republicans in Utah would ever want to give up all his seniority (power and influence) in the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate for another Republican who would be at the bottom of the totem pole as a freshman? This poll, at least for now, says no, and that Utah Republicans do not want to give that up.