News outlets covered the crucial contest in Utah.
The Wall Street Journal: Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch Forced Into Primary Fight
Beating back a challenge from tea party activists, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah easily qualified for the Republican primary ballot in his quest for a seventh Senate term Saturday, but he fell just short of winning the GOP nomination outright. ... Mr. Hatch's vote total Saturday marked a stark contrast with the fate of his erstwhile Utah Republican colleague, former Sen. Robert Bennett. ... The senator [Hatch] also trained his fire on FreedomWorks, the small-government, conservative organization that organized opposition to the senator (Bendavid, 4/21).
Bloomberg Businessweek: Hatch Forced Into GOP Primary Contest in Utah
The 78-year-old Hatch, a six-term senator, was targeted by the group FreedomWorks, which favors smaller government and has helped foster the Tea Party movement. ... Hatch also is opposed because of his work with the late Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts to create a children's health program that expanded Medicaid. FreedomWorks has spent more than $691,000 on television advertising, grassroots outreach and glossy brochures seeking to defeat Hatch (Ratnam and Litvan, 4/21).
CBS News: Orrin Hatch To Face Run-Off In Primary
Throughout his career, Hatch has a history of bipartisanship, including his work with his close friend, the late Senator Ted Kennedy, on health care. ... Since the rise of the influence of the Tea Party in 2009, Hatch has moved his positions to the right, becoming a vocal opponent of the president's health care bill, especially the individual mandate - a policy he had supported in the 1990s. (Caldwell, 4/21).