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Democratic candidates for US Senate to debate

In this 2006 file photo, Rob Miller with Sami Miller on his shoulders talks with Pete Ashdown.
In this 2006 file photo, Rob Miller with Sami Miller on his shoulders talks with Pete Ashdown.
Tom Smart, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Delegates who could decide the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate race will have an opportunity to hear a debate between two of the candidates vying for votes.

The Women's Democratic Club of Utah will host the debate Wednesday at the Juan Diego school in Draper, about 20 miles south of Salt Lake City.

The debate will include Pete Ashdown and Scott Howell, who are seeking the party's nomination at the April 21 state convention. If a candidate doesn't win 60 percent of the delegate vote at convention, the top two finishers go to a June primary.

The winner of the party's nomination will face either incumbent Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch or one of the Republicans challenging the six-term senator.

Both Ashdown and Howell have previously lost races against Hatch.