Hatch Democratic challenger wants medical records

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Democratic challenger to U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, who this week called on potential supporters to vote for him, warning the 78-year-old incumbent may die in office, is now challenging Hatch to release medical records.

Democrat Scott Howell sent an email to voters over the weekend, warning that Hatch is “an old guy” and if re-elected, he may “retire or die” before the end of his term.

Hatch campaign manager Dave Hansen called the comments about Hatch’s potential demise “outrageous and offensive,” adding they come from a candidate with no shot at winning in November. Utah hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1970.

Howell is now taking it a step further, suggesting both he and Hatch release five years of medical records to show voters they’ll both be alive come November.

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