Mitt Romney will face primary after setback in run for US Senate

Delegates gather at a 2017 Republican Convention

Earlier this year, Kemberlee blogged about former MA governor and former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney announcing his Senate run in Utah. When Romney received Hatch's blessing to enter the contest, and quickly secured an endorsement from President Trump, he had every reason to think that he'd sail to victory.

Romney is seeking Utah's GOP nomination for Senate, but was forced into a primary race Saturday against state lawmaker Mike Kennedy.

In the final round of voting at the Republican party's convention, Romney had won only 49.12 per cent of the votes, the Hill reports.

Former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is interviewed at the Silicon Slopes Tech Conference on January 19, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Romney was the only candidate to seek signatures to ensure a spot on the primary ballot - collecting more than 28,000 - and suggested the decision resulted in him losing votes from certain delegates.

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Which means Kennedy, who captured 50.18 p.c of the delegate vote, and Romney (49.12 p.c) will face one another in a GOP major election June 26.

Kennedy and the ten other candidates Romney faced at the convention questioned the depth of his ties to Utah, and his shifting stance on Trump. In 2012, for example, Hatch similarly failed to clinch the nomination outright but went on to win his primary by 30 percentage points.

"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".

Romney, 71, asked for delegates' votes after spending two months on the campaign trail visiting dairy farms, taking selfies with college students and making stump speeches in small towns. But Romney said Saturday he hasn't decided whether he'll endorse the president's 2020 re-election bid. "Washington, D.C., is the Goliath", Romney said.

"I'm exhausted", Kennedy told delegates before the last vote. "I'm exhausted of business as usual in Washington, D.C. If you want things to change, you need to vote for change". Romney was especially critical of Trump's negative rhetoric about immigrants.

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