A poll the Tribune
took of the 4,000 delegates who attended the 2010 convention showed just one in five wanted to give Hatch another term.
Even Hatch's delegates demonstrate why he needed to determine his own electorate. "I don't love every bit of his voting record, but at least when he talks, people listen," said Max Britton, a Hatch-backing delegate, according to the Tribune
Hatch's campaign has spent more than $3 million already, his campaign manager said. The state Republican Party -- Hatch's campaign manager is a former state party chairman -- has spent $300,000 on advertisements aimed at boosting turnout. Some Republican caucus-goers told both the Tribune
and the Provo Herald
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints had promoted turning out; both Hatch and Liljenquist are Mormon.
"Sen. Monson, not Sen. Hatch, should be thanked for the increase in attendance," one vote-counter told the Herald
-- a reference to current LDS President Thomas Monson.
We'll wait to see how many delegates Hatch and Liljenquist claim after tonight. One thing is certain: The die is cast, and the electorate created tonight will dramatically help one candidate over the other. We just don't quite know which candidate won yet.