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Hatch challenger warns incumbent may die in office

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -

Sen. Orrin Hatch's opponent says the 78-year-old Utah Republican is just too old to serve.

In an email to supporters, Democrat Scott Howell warned that if re-elected, Hatch may "retire or die before his term is through."

Howell, who is 58, added that Hatch isn't a bad guy, "but he is an old guy."

Hatch campaign manager Dave Hansen called the comments outrageous and offensive, noting they come from a candidate with no shot at winning in November.

Utah hasn't elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1970.

Republicans are trying to gain four seats--and control of the Senate--in the November election. The goal seemed in reach a few months ago but is now uncertain.

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