Mitt Romney Confronts Senate Run off in Utah

But even the former Governor of MA and Presidential Candidate could not get 60% of the vote at the party convention this weekend, in the seriously divided GOP.

Romney went up against 11 other candidates at the convention, mostly political newcomers who questioned Romney's criticism of President Donald Trump and the depth of his ties to Utah.

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was forced into a primary election against Rep. Mike Kennedy in Utah's Senate race.

Kennedy, a doctor and lawyer, framed himself as an underdog taking on the "Romney machine". Romney is running to fill the Utah Senate seat being vacated by Senator Orrin Hatch (R). Had either candidate received 60% of the vote, they would have clinched the nomination outright. That means he'll have to face a primary race, like some pleb who wasn't governor of MA and the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, with a vehicle elevator to boot. When none of the 12 candidates were able to cross that threshold, the party continued with successive rounds of caucus voting until one candidate reached 40%. Though he occasionally criticized Trump during his first year in office, in recent months he's toned down his remarks in an attempt to win over conservative Utahns. He'd already qualified for the June 26 primary ballot by collecting more than 28,000 signatures - which Romney pointed to as the reason for his second place finish.

"So I'm not a cheap date", he said.

"The issue prompted hours of debate, shouting and booing at the convention".

Kennedy also seemed pleased with the results, telling the station: 'I'm a candidate with a compelling life story and a unique set of life circumstances I'd like to use to serve the people of Utah'. "Washington, D.C., is the Goliath" he said. Romney moved to Utah in 2012 after losing the presidential election to Barack Obama.

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". But Romney said Saturday he hasn't decided whether he'll endorse the president's 2020 re-election bid.

  • Jon Douglas