Romney must compete in primary for Senate seat

Apr 24, 2018, 02:36
Romney must compete in primary for Senate seat

During the convention, Romney declined to endorse President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

Mitt Romney has been forced into a Republican primary for a US Senate seat in Utah as he looks to restart his political career by replacing the long-serving Senator Orrin Hatch.

On the state's Republican Social gathering conference in West Valley Metropolis, Romney completed second in votes from get together delegates, behind state lawmaker Mike Kennedy.

After a wild and raucous day of voting at the Utah GOP convention, the former MA governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee was unable to win the 60% that he needed to head to the November ballot unopposed.

Kennedy edged Romney in the vote among convention delegates, 51 percent to 49 percent, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. Had either candidate received 60% of the vote, they would have clinched the nomination outright.

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During Saturday's GOP convention in Utah, Romney faced 11 other candidates.

State Rep. Mike Kennedy won 50.88 per cent.

"I know there were many people who were not enthusiastic about someone gathering signatures", Romney said, adding that pursuing the nomination through both signatures and the convention "was right for me".

Amid references to the Romney vs. Kennedy battle being akin to a David vs. Goliath, Romney had a good line: "First, none of us is David".

And during a Republican event at the end of March, Romney said he is more conservative on immigration than the president is - a position which doesn't match his previous statements.

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The primary election will June 26, with ballots mailed to voters three weeks before election day. He had spent two months on the campaign trail visiting dairy farms, taking photos with college students and making stump speeches in small towns.

"I'm exhausted", Kennedy told delegates before the last vote.

Although Romney accepted Trump's endorsement, he had attacked him as a "phony" and "fraud" during the 2016 presidential campaign. "Washington, D.C., is the Goliath" he said. He moved to Utah after his 2012 marketing campaign failed.

Trump fired again that Romney "choked like a canine" throughout his personal White Home run.

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