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Why such hatred toward America's freedom of religion?
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Topic - Tim Chambless
Orrin G. Hatch appeared to be coasting to victory in Utah's Republican Senate primary, and then Richard G. Lugar happened.
Sooner or later, a black Republican woman was bound to run for Congress. It's just that nobody expected her to hail from Utah.
Disgruntled conservatives planted the seeds for Sen. Robert Bennett's defeat long before delegates at the Utah Republican Convention made it official two years ago. Now, some of them hope to replicate their success against six-term Sen. Orrin G. Hatch on Thursday in Utah's Republican caucuses.
Such a discrepancy is especially worrisome in Utah, the youngest state in the country with an average age of 29, versus 37 for the nation as a whole, said Mr. Chambless.
"Sen. Hatch is doing everything he can to avoid what happened to Dick Lugar," said Tim Chambless, a University of Utah political science professor and academic outreach coordinator at the school's Hinckley Institute of Politics. "It's one thing to talk about what happened to Bob Bennett two years ago. It's another thing to talk about what happened to Dick Lugar two weeks ago."