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Orrin Hatch looks poised to beat FreedomWorks’ candidate

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      Matt K. Lewis

      Matt K. Lewis is a senior contributor to The Daily Caller, and a contributing editor for The Week. He is a respected commentator on politics and cultural issues, and has been cited by major publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Matt is from Myersville, MD and currently resides in Alexandria, VA. Follow Matt K. Lewis on Twitter <a>@mattklewis</a>.

One year ago yesterday, I wrote a column titled: “Orrin Hatch: 5 Reasons He Will Be Re-Elected.”

The third reason on my list was this: “Hatch’s team understands the caucus process.”

A year later, Hatch, indeed, seems poised to be re-elected to the U.S. Senate — fending off a primary challenge.

The process started last night, with the Utah caucuses. The caucuses are very important, because it is there that delegates are selected for the April 21 convention (if nobody comes out of the convention with 60 percent, the top two candidates then square off for a June 26 primary.)

According to reports, Hatch dominated the caucuses.

It was so bad that his top opponent, Dan Liljenquist, even lost his own precinct.

Liljenquist, of course, has received the strong backing of the conservative group FreedomWorks. They will likely come out of this with egg on their face, at the hands of Utahans — err, Utahns.