Orrin Hatch is the longest serving Republican senator in American history. He’s retiring at the end December and it’s hard to imagine it now, but there was a time in his career when victory wasn’t a sure thing.
Like in 1982 when he was running against then Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson.
There was one moment, a brief moment, when Wilson thought he just might win.
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