When asked Saturday by Yahoo News to respond to that assertion, Hatch issued some strong words for his opponent. "Any Republican that says that, I'd like to, I'd like to, I'd like to dress down," Hatch said. "Because I can name nine Democratic senate seats that are in jeopardy... we're going to win. And like I say, let's say we don't and Obama gets re-elected, you'd better have this tough, old bird there."
Update 3:08 p.m. MT: Story updated to include the Hatch's campaign's estimate that the senator was 32 votes shy of 60 percent.
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