Utah GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch is attempting to win his seventh term in November but must get through his state party’s tricky nominating convention Saturday.
Recent polls show Hatch leading his 10 challengers, and he needs only to be one of the top two vote-getters this weekend to advance to the June 26 primary.
“Anybody who knows me knows I’m a fighter,” said the 78-year-old Hatch, a former boxer.
However, Utah’s election system makes it possible for a handful of voters to effectively end Hatch’s career this weekend. The state is the only one in the country in which candidates must get a high percentage of votes at caucuses and state conventions.