Published: Tue, April 24, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Mitt Romney won't commit to backing

Mitt Romney won't commit to backing

The former presidential nominee appeared upbeat after it was announced that he was edged out by state lawmaker Mike Kennedy, who got 51 percent of the vote to Romney's 49 percent.

In launching his U.S. Senate bid, Romney has tried to maintain the concentrate on state points moderately than his historical past of well-documented feuds with President Donald Trump, whom he known as a "con man" and a phony through the 2016 race.

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.

Democrats in Utah will pick their nominee for the U.S. Senate seat next weekend.

Convention delegates tend to be more conservative than the general Utah Republican electorate, and Romney would not be the first candidate to lose there but win the primary.

When Mitt Romney announced his candidacy for a Senate seat in Utah in February and received an endorsement from President Trump shortly thereafter, many expected that the former governor of MA and 2012 presidential candidate would be sailing to a November victory. 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%.

State Rep. Mike Kennedy won 50.88 per cent.

"Romney previously secured his spot on the primary ballot by gathering 28,000 voter signatures but said Saturday that choice was partly to blame for his loss". A lot of them have been political newcomers who questioned Romney's criticism of President Donald Trump and the depth of his ties to Utah.

"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".

"The issue prompted hours of debate, shouting and booing at the convention". But Romney said Saturday he hasn't decided whether he'll endorse the president's 2020 re-election bid. He had spent two months on the campaign trail visiting dairy farms, taking photos with college students and making stump speeches in small towns. Romney moved to Utah in 2012 after losing the presidential election to Barack Obama.

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