Orrin Hatch: Toomey has no shot in Pa.


Still stunned by Arlen Specter’s party switch, Republican senators are pessimistic about the chances for conservative GOP hopeful Pat Toomey in the Pennsylvania Senate race.

“I don’t think there is anybody in the world who believes he can get elected senator there,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the vice chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Asked if the NRSC would back Toomey, Hatch said, “I don’t think so” and that the party should look for “someone who can win there.”

Toomey, a former Republican congressman from Pennsylvania, held a big lead over Specter in polling for the GOP primary, but he’s already a long shot for the general election with Specter running as a Democrat.

Hatch later equivocated and said, “I’m not saying he can’t win – nobody gave me a chance when I ran.”

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