March 15 could be the most important day of the year for Utah Republicans. Senator Lyle Hillyard, Republican from Utah, said March 15 is the day the Republican Party holds its neighborhood party caucus meetings. He said Republicans are making an unprecedented effort to get a large turnout.”If you go, and you can run as a state delegate or a county delegate or just vote for people that you want to represent you, that’s going to be absolutely, vitally important. A lot of people felt that what happened to Senator [Bob] Bennett occurred because many people stayed home and didn’t realize how important it is. I think it was a wake up call and you’re going to see a lot more people, a lot of diverse of groups, out at the caucus,” Hillyard said.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Hillyard said Utah Senator Orrin Hatch is working hard to make sure that what happened to Bennett doesn’t happen to him. Bennett failed to secure enough votes in the 2010 Utah GOP convention, which ended his quest to serve a fourth term in the Senate.Hillyard’s term expires next year and he said he has yet to decide whether or not to seek re-election.
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