A Huge Grassroots Victory

By Matt Kibbe, 04/21/12


In an unprecedented grassroots victory, FreedomWorks Utah and limited government activists forced Senator Orrin Hatch into his first-ever primary, holding the six-term Senator below the 60 percent nomination threshold at the Utah State Convention.

“The Tea Party movement is alive in Utah,” wrote Slate reporter Dave Weigel. “With representatives from FreedomWorks in the audience, delegates at the Utah Republican Convention managed to force Sen. Orrin Hatch into a June 26 primary. He got 59.2 percent of their votes against Dan Liljenquist, a 38-year-old state senator. Hatch needed 60 percent to avoid the primary. He couldn't do it. In two rounds of voting, he went from 2,243 votes to 2,313 votes. If he'd gotten 32 more votes, he would have wrapped this up.”

Dan Liljenquist

Grassroots-backed conservative challenger Dan Liljenquist speaking at the Utah State Convention

"Our activists worked around the clock to educated voters on Hatch’s big-government record throughout his time in the Senate, and we will continue to do so in the upcoming months,” commented FreedomWorks for America National Political Director Russ Walker

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In his 36 years in the Senate, Orrin Hatch has lost his way from constitutionally conservative principles, voting for the precursors to ObamaCare (S. 1770 in 1993 and S-CHIP in 1997), voting to support TARP, to establish the Department of Education, the auto bailouts, and the Fannie and Freddie bailouts. 

Hatch also advocated for the appointments of liberal Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, and to confirm Ben Bernanke as Fed Chairman, Eric Holder as Attorney General, and Timothy Geithner as Secretary of the Treasury. 


Press Assistant Trey Grover talks with a Utah State Delegate about our Retire Hatch campaign

Forcing Hatch into a primary is a huge victory for the Tea Party movement, momentum that will hopefully re-ignite the passion that drove such a massive turnout for freedom in the 2010 midterm election. Grassroots activists now turn to Indiana and their May 8th primary, where Tea Partiers are working hard to retire another six-term incumbent, Dick Lugar, and elect principled conservative Richard Mourdock.

FreedomWorks for America is hosting a Rally for Mourdock on May 5th in Indianapolis, mobilizing activists from across America to help Richard Mourdock defeat Dick Lugar. The most recent poll in the race shows that the race is a dead heat with Mourdock leading Lugar by just one point, 42-41%.  If you can, please RSVP to attend the Rally for Mourdock here.

Thank you.

In Liberty,

Matt Kibbe