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Hatch Expected to Quit Today
Associated Press 25Jan00 N2
By Ron Fournier: AP Political Writer

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Utah Senator Orrin Hatch delayed the news conference scheduled for yesterday to today, and is expected to announce that he is withdrawing from the presidential race, according to senior advisors to Hatch. "We've all seen the numbers,'' said an aide.

Hatch managed to get just 1 percent of the vote in the Iowa Caucuses on Monday night. He entered the campaign late, and had hoped to get much broader support. But analysts say that his four terms in the U.S. Senate and Judiciary Committee chairmanship experience were not enough to convince voters to switch to supporting him.

Religion may also play a part in the lack of support. Hatch was trying hardest to get the support of Christian conservatives, but an anti-mormon bias among them may have cost him votes, "Some of these people have an absolutely loony belief that Mormons aren't Christian,'' Hatch said last Friday. "There's some misapprehensions and some miscomprehension about my faith.''


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