Romney Faces Tough Path To GOP Nomination

23 April, 2018, 05:43 | Author: Essie Rivera
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"I can tell you that Mitt Romney is still incredibly popular here in the state of Utah regardless of what happens today, and I anticipate that he'll have no problem in a primary", Cox said in an interview before the U.S. Senate voting began.

Mitt Romney will head to a primary in the Utah Senate race after falling short of the threshold needed to win the nomination at the GOP convention Saturday.

Utah Republicans, who had long expected Romney to run for Senate, said he was still in a strong position to win after Saturday. "I'm exhausted of business as usual in Washington, D.C. If you want things to change, you need to vote for change".

Romney already has collected enough signatures to advance to a GOP primary.

Romney has tried to shift the focus away from his public spats with Trump and instead focus on Utah's issues.

"We need a candidate who's actually lived, worked and raised a family in the state of Utah", Kennedy said last month as he entered the race.

Gathering signatures is unpopular among many conservative delegates in the state who say it dilutes their ability to choose a candidate.

Mitt Romney may have one of the best-known names in national politics, but he's still going to have to face down almost a dozen Republican contenders in Utah on Saturday in his bid to restart his political career with a U.S. Senate seat.

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The primary election will June 26, with ballots mailed to voters three weeks before election day.

Romney also took to Twitter to thank his supporters, adding, "I appreciate the support I received and look forward to the primary election". He fell to former President Obama in the general election.

After previously saying he wouldn't accept an endorsement from the president, in February Romney happily accepted Trump's support for his Senate bid.

At one point during the 2016 campaign Romney billed himself as a "Never-Trumper" during a speech in which he called the presidential nominee a "fraud" and a "cheat". Robert F. Bennett won just 25.9 percent of the convention vote, ending his political career and setting up a primary later won by Lee.

Romney has owned a home in Utah since he moved here to serve as chief executive officer of the Salt Lake City Olympic Committee before the 2002 Olympic games.

"In terms of the President's policies, in this first year, we're pretty much on the same page", Romney said. "And I hope to get the job done for the people of Utah".

He mentioned the occupant of the Oval Office by name and pledged to "support President Trump" if he got to Washington.

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