Incumbent Sen. Orrin Hatch wins race for seventh term

SALT LAKE CITY — U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch defeated his Democratic challenger in Tuesday’s general election, securing a seventh, and what he says will be his final, term in office.

Hatch faced Scott Howell in a state that hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1970.

Howell, 58, is a former Democratic state senator who previously lost to Hatch in 2000. He garnered headlines recently when he made Hatch’s age and the senator’s 36 years in office a major point of his campaign, sending emails to voters suggesting the 78-year-old may retire or die before the end of his term.

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