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Hatch finishes dead last

Summarized by Kent Larsen

Hatch finishes dead last
Deseret News 15Aug99 L1
By Jerry Spangler: Deseret News staff writer


The Republican straw poll
FYIowa 14Aug99 L1

AMES, IOWA - Utah Senator Orrin Hatch finished dead last in the Iowa Republican straw poll on Saturday, but Hatch called his showing a victory , saying that he did better than expected, "I got more than 2 percent of the vote. I exceeded everyone's expectations. Many thought I would get less than 1 percent."

The straw poll required a donation of $25 from each participant, and the vote was held after all 9 participating candidates spoke. Hatch spoke third on the luck of the draw. The vote was held at Iowa State University's Hilton Coliseum.

Hatch was also pleased that he got as many votes as he did while spending relatively little. Republican frontrunner George W. Bush received 31 percent of the vote after spending about $4 million and campaigning in Iowa for weeks. Hatch campaigned in Iowa just 12 days.

Part of Hatch's strategy for the straw poll relied on LDS Church members in Iowa. His backers estimate that half the 2,000 people at his tent during the vote were members of the Church. Hatch's tent featured pianist Roger Williams, and when he played LDS hymn "Come, Come Ye Saints" at the request of an audience member, most of the crowd knew the words and sang along. Also present was Utah Jazz star Karl Malone, who got the biggest cheer of the day at Hatch's tent.

But not everyone was pleased with Hatch's strategy. One man complained on FYIowa that because of Hatch's strategy, he missed going fishing with a Mormon friend who was dragged off to vote in the straw poll.

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