Lijenquist Takes Aim At Hatch With New Ad

Dan Lijenquist, the Republican primary challenger to Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, debuted a new campaign ad Friday that takes aim at the longtime incumbent’s votes in the U.S. Senate.

In the spot, aptly titled “Record,” Lijenquist slams Hatch for supporting federal bailouts and the much-maligned “Bridge to Nowhere.”   Lijenquist, a former state senator, is looking to duplicate the success of fellow tea party upstart Richard Mourdock, who defeated six-term incumbent Sen. Richard Mourdock in a Republican primary in Indiana earlier this month.



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