Conservative groups are trying to oust Sen. Orrin Hatch. The longtime Senator, once known for bipartisanship, is ready for battle, standing on the right every chance he gets.
“The next part is that the campaign itself is going out and recruiting people to run not only as delegates, but also to attend the caucuses and support our candidates,” Hatch campaign manager Dave Hansen said in an interview.
The caucuses will be held March 15 in each of the 1,850 precincts in the state. One to three delegates will be elected from each precinct and be charged with voting at the April 21 state party convention. A candidate that gets 60 percent of the delegate vote wins the nomination. Otherwise the top two finishers face off in a primary.
“We have a field staff of 15 to 20 people that are working very hard with existing delegate lists, past delegate lists, party caucus attendees from the past and also recruiting from various organizations and business interests,” Hansen said. “We’re not trying to necessarily convert people. If they’re for us, great. If they’re not, we’re going to replace them.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.