Romney fails to win GOP nomination for Senate

Frederick Owens
April 23, 2018

If he had won the party delegate vote at the convention, he would have bypassed a primary altogether.

"I'm not always with the president on what he might say or do, and if that happens I'll call them like I see them, the way I have in the past".

The primary election is June 26.

Romney, who's looking to restart his political career, is running to replace Sen. Orrin Hatch, who bid farewell to delegates on Saturday amid a shower of American flag confetti.

Romney, 71, went up against 11 other candidates at the convention, including one dressed as Abraham Lincoln, complete with vest and bow tie.

Romney launched his signature-gathering campaign in February after months of speculation about whether he would enter the race at all.

Mr. Romney had previously secured his spot on the ballot by collecting 28,000 voter signatures, but he said on Saturday that the choice was partly to blame for his loss.

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.

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

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Stay-at-home mother Michelle Cluff said she liked Romney's experience and believes he is ready to get to work as a senator.

Romney is probably best known due to his chairmanship of the 2002 Winter Olympics, that were held from their country in Utah, and due to the fact he was the very first Mormon to become the presidential nominee of a social gathering. "I'm not Goliath. Washington, D.C., is Goliath".

The former MA governor was presumed to be the front-runner but failed to secure the nomination for Senate.

After two rounds of voting, Romney was forced into a primary with Rep. Mike Kennedy, R-Alpine.

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

Romney has also criticized Trump's response to Charlottesville, saying the president's comments at the time caused "racists to rejoice".

"I have chose to run for United States Senate because I believe I can help bring Utah's values and Utah's lessons to Washington".

In 2016, Romney made waves again when he urged Republicans to oppose Trump.

Romney and Trump have a contentious history.

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