Tuesday night marked the last leg of the 2012 GOP primary calendar with Utah delivering an expected victory to Mitt Romney. This officially marks the end of the primary season so the next big step on the GOP road is heading to Tampa for the convention in August.

Utah Primary Results: CNN Election Center

Report from USAToday:

A political milestone passed yesterday: The presidential primary season is officially over.

Mitt Romney easily won Utah’s primary on Tuesday and padded his delegate total by 40.

Romney officially clinched the GOP nomination in May but any suspense in the presidential race essentially ended in April when Rick Santorum dropped his White House bid.

Some states might still be tweaking their delegate lists for the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Romney as of today has 1,512 delegates, according to an Associated Press tally. (It took 1,144 delegates to clinch.)

Utah was mainly being watched for the US Senate primary in which Orrin Hatch won big and will be on the ticket in November. Report on this race from the Salt Lake Tribune:

The tea party, big-spending PACs and challenger Dan Liljenquist failed Tuesday to force 78-year-old Orrin Hatch into retirement. The self-proclaimed “tough old bird” flew easily through the GOP primary, so now only Democrat Scott Howell stands between him and a record-shattering seventh term.

“I’m very energized by all this,” Hatch said as it became clear he would likely win by a wide margin. “This will give us an opportunity to help Mitt Romney to get the things that will really turn this country around.”

He vowed to keep working hard in the general election, and said he will continue to stress how important is for him to become chairman of the Finance Committee, if Republicans can win control of the Senate.

“That’s where 60 percent of all the spending is [controlled], that’s where the entitlements are, it’s where the terrible tax code is … it’s all on that committee. Romney understands that,” Hatch said.

“I’ve given it everything I have,” Hatch said of the race. “I have a great time campaigning. It’s the fun part of being in these offices.”

Liljenquist supporters were barely able to force a primary at the Utah GOP convention where they kept Hatch to just 59.9% of the vote where a 60% number was needed to avoid a primary. Not too shocking that Hatch ended up winning this one since he did have big name support such as Sarah Palin among others.

11 COMMENTS

  1. A distinction should be made between “big name” support and “big mouth” support.

    Sarah Palin is the Paris Hilton of politics (with apologies to Ms. Hilton).

    Palin is famous for being famous. Period.

    • Well actually that’s a bit unfair to both of them.

      Hilton got famous for sucking D*CK.
      Palin got famous for being a Moron.

      Which one is worse is up to you.

      But yes both are famous for being famous… Along with Kardashian.

      • My take is that both these women knew how to play the cards that were dealt them and play them well.

  2. Say what you want Palin’s record sure beats the hell out of two of the clowns we have in front of us now.

    • Billy:

      Record? What record? They elected her as a joke, and when she realized she could be a TV star, she abandoned her responsibility to the people.

      • That’s one road I don’t think you want to go down. Just for a start:

        In 2008, Wasilla’s current mayor credited Palin’s 75 percent property tax cuts and infrastructure improvements with bringing “big-box stores” and 50,000 shoppers per day to Wasilla.[39]

        • Billy:

          Oh, yeah, the concept of cause and effect.

          Did you know that the Challenger explosion was caused by Halley’s Comet? That dang thing keeps coming back causing trouble. . .

          Politicians take credit for any happenstance. Besides, Alaska is an anomaly. In the real world, if you drastically decreased revenue and make massive expenditures, what you get is crushing debt. That seems perfectly conservative, eh?

          The quote assumes that shoppers are created out of thin air. Besides, I’d argue that bringing in “big box stores” is not really a good thing, for many reasons. Also, remember that the profits of the big box stores go to places like Bentonville, Arkansas, not to Wasilla.

      • Goethe Behr

        Besides… Palin is a VERY DANGEROUS Warmongering Neo-Con. She’d send in the Troops at the Drop-of-a-Berka – and she’d build a bridge to get them there.

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