Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) raised $1.6 million in the third quarter, a total his campaign touted as a record for a Senate candidate.
Hatch now has $4 million in cash on hand with six months to go until the April 21 state GOP convention, where conservative groups have vowed to challenge his bid for a seventh term.
However, no prominent name has stepped forward since GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s surprising announcement in August that he would not run for Senate.
“The campaign has amassed the best campaign team ever assembled in Utah,” Hatch campaign manager Dave Hansen said in a statement. “We have invested in canvassing the state from corner to corner and ensuring that the Senator’s message is heard.”
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.