So why the flip-flop when it comes to the presidential race? We are not sure but our best guess is that some moderate non-LDS Democrats are willing to support Republicans on the state level but can't bring themselves to do it in the big race.
Romney only gets 9 percent of Utah Democrats, while Hatch and Herbert lured 26 percent in the Trib poll.
Don't expect Chairman Hatch • Hatch is poised for a big victory and defeat on Tuesday night. He is a huge favorite to win a seventh, and, according to him, a final, term in office, cementing his place in Utah political history.
But Hatch has staked much of his campaign on the Republicans taking over the Senate, making him the likely next chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee.
And that seems pretty far-fetched at this point.
Democrats have outperformed competitive Republicans in Virginia, Connecticut and Florida, while conservative candidates appear to have bungled big leads in Missouri and Indiana over comments about rape and abortion.
Add it up and the prognosticators at Real Clear Politics and The New York Times' Five Thirty Eight blog predict the Democrats actually gain a seat, instead of losing the four seats required for Republicans to take control.
If this holds, Hatch won't get to call himself chairman for at least a few more years.
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