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In the April 21 Republican convention, delegates selected incumbent [[Orrin Hatch]] and former state Senator [[Dan Liljenquist]] as the top two candidates. In the second round of voting, Hatch failed to receive the necessary 60 percent of the vote to receive the nomination,<ref name="orrin"/> so Hatch and Liljenquist went on to battle in the June 26 primary.<ref>[http://utahgop.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/ussenate/ ''UtahGOP'' "Election Results: U.S. Senate," April 21, 2012]</ref><ref name="cf">[http://elections.utah.gov/election-resources/2012-candidate-filings ''Utah Lt. Gov. Office: Elections'' "2012 Candidate Filings," Accessed May 27, 2012]</ref> Hatch won the primary.<ref name="aput">[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/UT_US_Senate_0626.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''AP/CSPAN'' "Utah-Summary Vote Results," June 26, 2012]</ref>
 
In the April 21 Republican convention, delegates selected incumbent [[Orrin Hatch]] and former state Senator [[Dan Liljenquist]] as the top two candidates. In the second round of voting, Hatch failed to receive the necessary 60 percent of the vote to receive the nomination,<ref name="orrin"/> so Hatch and Liljenquist went on to battle in the June 26 primary.<ref>[http://utahgop.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/ussenate/ ''UtahGOP'' "Election Results: U.S. Senate," April 21, 2012]</ref><ref name="cf">[http://elections.utah.gov/election-resources/2012-candidate-filings ''Utah Lt. Gov. Office: Elections'' "2012 Candidate Filings," Accessed May 27, 2012]</ref> Hatch won the primary.<ref name="aput">[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/UT_US_Senate_0626.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''AP/CSPAN'' "Utah-Summary Vote Results," June 26, 2012]</ref>
  
''Politico'' listed it one of the top 5 primary battles this summer.<ref name="pol">[http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0612/77658.html ''Politico'' "Summer's 5 hottest Senate primaries," June 20, 2012]</ref>  
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''Politico'' listed it one of the top 5 primary battles this summer.<ref name="pol">[http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0612/77658.html ''Politico'', "Summer's 5 hottest Senate primaries," June 20, 2012]</ref>  
  
 
Prior to the primary, Hatch stepped up his game, spending $10 million on the campaign and gathering endorsements from top Republicans including Governor [[Gary Herbert]] and Senator [[Jon Kyl]] from Arizona. A photo-op with [[Mitt Romney]] was seen as a great boost, as well, with a [[FreedomWorks for America]] member commenting: "Romney has a 90 percent-plus approval rating in Utah, and he’s come out for Orrin Hatch. So you can’t really touch that. It is hard."<ref name="pol"/>
 
Prior to the primary, Hatch stepped up his game, spending $10 million on the campaign and gathering endorsements from top Republicans including Governor [[Gary Herbert]] and Senator [[Jon Kyl]] from Arizona. A photo-op with [[Mitt Romney]] was seen as a great boost, as well, with a [[FreedomWorks for America]] member commenting: "Romney has a 90 percent-plus approval rating in Utah, and he’s come out for Orrin Hatch. So you can’t really touch that. It is hard."<ref name="pol"/>

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections in Utah

CandidatesPollsElection History

November 6 Election Winner:
Orrin Hatch Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Orrin Hatch Republican Party
Orrin Hatch.jpg

Cook Political Report Race Rating
     Solid R (Prior to election)

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2012 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Utah elected one member to the U.S. Senate in the November 6, 2012 elections.

Incumbent Orrin Hatch won re-election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 16, 2012
June 26, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Utah has a mixed primary system, with Republicans having a closed primary and Democrats having an open one. Both parties hold conventions prior to the primaries.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by October 7, or October 22 in-person. For the general election, voter registration deadlines are October 7, and October 22 in-person.[2]

See also: Utah elections, 2012

Incumbent: The election will fill the Class 1 Senate seat, which is currently held by Orrin Hatch (R). First elected in 1976, Hatch is running for re-election in 2012.

Election results

U.S. Senate, Utah, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngOrrin G. Hatch Incumbent 65.8% 657,608
     Democratic Scott Howell 30.2% 301,873
     Constitution Shaun Lynn McCausland 3.2% 31,905
     Utah Justice Daniel Geery 0.8% 8,342
     Independent Bill Barron 0% 0
Total Votes 999,728
Source: Utah Lieutenant Governor, "2012 General Election Results"

Candidates

Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals were added after official election results had been certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.

General election candidates

Democratic PartyScott Howell
Republican PartyOrrin HatchGreen check mark transparent.png
Constitution PartyShaun McCausland
IndependentBill Barron
IndependentDaniel Geery

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates

Republican Party Republican primary

Note: the following candidates were defeated in the Republican convention: Kevin Fisk, Dale Ash, Loy Arlan Brunson, Tim Aalders, Jeremy Friedbaum, Christopher Herrod, William Lawrence, and David Chiu.

IndependentThird party

Race background

Democratic Party Democratic convention

In the April 21 Democratic convention, delegates chose Scott Howell as the Democratic nominee.[6] Howell beat out Pete Ashdown and William Peterson II. There will be no primary for the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.[6]

Republican Party Republican primary

In the April 21 Republican convention, delegates selected incumbent Orrin Hatch and former state Senator Dan Liljenquist as the top two candidates. In the second round of voting, Hatch failed to receive the necessary 60 percent of the vote to receive the nomination,[7] so Hatch and Liljenquist went on to battle in the June 26 primary.[8][6] Hatch won the primary.[9]

Politico listed it one of the top 5 primary battles this summer.[10]

Prior to the primary, Hatch stepped up his game, spending $10 million on the campaign and gathering endorsements from top Republicans including Governor Gary Herbert and Senator Jon Kyl from Arizona. A photo-op with Mitt Romney was seen as a great boost, as well, with a FreedomWorks for America member commenting: "Romney has a 90 percent-plus approval rating in Utah, and he’s come out for Orrin Hatch. So you can’t really touch that. It is hard."[10]

Liljenquist was seen as offering an alternative for "voters who blame the lifers in Washington in both parties for the fiscal mess."[11] In the lone debate between the two candidates, the challenger asked Hatch, "Do you feel at all personally responsible for the debt crisis in Washington?"[11]

Polls had Hatch leading by a comfortable margin.[12]

Super PAC involvement

As of the end of May 2012, the Super PAC FreedomWorks for America had spent almost $800,000 to defeat Hatch.[13] $650,000 of that was spent before the convention.[7]

Race rating

Cook Political Report

Each month the Cook Political Report releases race ratings for President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House (competitive only) and Governors. There are seven possible designations:[14]

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic

     Tossup

     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

Cook Political Report Race Rating -- Utah Senate
Month Rating
October 4, 2012[15]     
September 13, 2012[16]     
August 21, 2012[17]     
July 12, 2012[18]     
May 31, 2012[19]     
May 10, 2012[20]     
March 22, 2012[21]     
March 1, 2012[22]     
January 26, 2012[23]     
December 22, 2011[24]     
December 1, 2011[25]     

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are candidate reports.

Scott Howell

Scott Howell Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[26]March 31, 2012$0.00$24,950.00$(0.00)$24,950.00
July Quarterly[27]July 10, 2012$24,950.00$94,735.50$(72,709.69)$46,975.81
Running totals
$119,685.5$(72,709.69)

Orrin Hatch

Orrin Hatch Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Convention[28]April 1, 2012$4,440,784.90$1,279,072.91$(2,471,963.21)$3,247,894.60
Pre-Primary[29]June 30, 2012$3,247,894.60$569,225.82$(1,917,181.22)$1,899,939.20
Running totals
$1,848,298.73$(4,389,144.43)

Bill Barron

Bill Barron Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[30]March 31, 2012$0.00$6,815.32$(1,824.97)$4,990.35
July Quarterly[31]July 12, 2012$4,990.35$5,963.26$(4,678.69)$6,274.92
Running totals
$12,778.58$(6,503.66)

Election history

2006

On November 7, 2006, Orrin Hatch won re-election to the U.S. Senate, defeating Pete Ashdown (D), Scott N. Bradley (Constitution), David Starr Seely (L), Roger I. Price (Personal Choice), and Julian Hatch (Desert Greens).[32]

U.S. Senate General Election, Utah, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngOrrin G. Hatch Incumbent 62.4% 356,238
     Democratic Pete Ashdown 31.1% 177,459
     Constitution Scott N. Bradley 3.8% 21,526
     Libertarian David Starr Seely 0.8% 4,428
     Independent Roger I. Price 1.6% 9,089
     Independent Julian Hatch 0.4% 2,512
Total Votes 571,252

References

  1. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Utah," November 7, 2012
  2. Utah Lieutenant Governor "Voting Registration Deadlines," Accessed July 6, 2012
  3. Deseret News "Pete Ashdown to try again to unseat Sen. Hatch," Accessed January 6, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Utah Lieutenant Governor's Office: Elections "2012 Candidate Filings," Accessed March 16, 2012
  5. Utah Standard-Examiner "Liljenquist officially enters US Senate Race," Accessed January 6, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Utah Lt. Gov. Office: Elections "2012 Candidate Filings," Accessed May 27, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Hill "Hatch falls just short at Utah GOP convention, will face primary," April 21, 2012
  8. UtahGOP "Election Results: U.S. Senate," April 21, 2012
  9. AP/CSPAN "Utah-Summary Vote Results," June 26, 2012
  10. 10.0 10.1 Politico, "Summer's 5 hottest Senate primaries," June 20, 2012
  11. 11.0 11.1 Wall Street Journal "Steven Moore: Orrin Hatch Battles Ted Kennedy's Ghost in Utah," June 22, 2012
  12. KSL "Hatch leads Liljenquist in KSL/DesNews poll," June 25, 2012
  13. OpenSecrets "FreedomWorks for America Outside Spending," Accessed May 27, 2012
  14. Cook Political Report "Our Accuracy," Accessed December 12, 2011
  15. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," October 4, 2012
  16. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," September 13, 2012
  17. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," August 21, 2012
  18. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," July 12, 2012
  19. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," May 31, 2012
  20. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," May 10, 2012
  21. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," March 22, 2012
  22. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," March 1, 2012
  23. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," January 26, 2012
  24. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," December 27, 2011
  25. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," December 1, 2011
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Howell for Senate April Quarterly," Accessed July 13, 2012
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Howell for Senate July Quarterly," Accessed July 13, 2012
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Hatch Election Committee Inc Pre-Convention," Accessed July 13, 2012
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Hatch Election Committee Inc Pre-Primary," Accessed July 13, 2012
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Barron for US Senate April Quarterly," Accessed July 13, 2012
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Barron for US Senate July Quarterly," Accessed July 20, 2012
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7,2006"

See also