Summarized by Nicholas Maddox
Could Hatch overcome vast odds to win nomination?
Deseret News 2Jun99 L1
By Lee Davidson:
WASHINGTON, D. C. -- Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is in the process of deciding
whether to form an exploratory committee for the republican presidential
nomination. Hatch will be starting from zero to play catch-up with candidates
that have raised half of the $20 million that experts figure is required for the
primaries. Hatch is still trying to determine if he can attract a quality staff
at this late date.
Most large donors have already given to the campaigns of the other candidates.
Hatchs' donations would have to start with Utah and Mormon constituencies,
neither of which are known for providing much financial support for political
candidates. Hatch is also short on available political endorsements.
Hatch faced similar tough odds in his bid for his Senate seat and won.