SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Republican delegates who will decide the fate of U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch will have two opportunities to hear the incumbent senator face-off against his main challengers. Debates are planned for next month between Hatch and challengers Dan Liljenquist and Chris Herrod. The first debate is April 4th at a Catholic private school in a suburb of Salt Lake City and the second is April 16th in southern Utah. No other debates are expected before the state Republican convention on April 21, when 4,000 delegates will decide whether to Hatch deserves a seventh term in the Senate. If a candidate doesn’t secure 60 percent of the delegate vote to win the party’s nomination, the top two finishers move to a primary election in June.
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