Mitt Romney faces Senate major in Utah after state GOP conference setback

Mitt Romney faces Senate major in Utah after state GOP conference setback

At the convention, Mr. Romney faced 11 other candidates, mostly political newcomers who questioned his criticism of President Trump and the depth of his ties to Utah.

Former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney failed to secure the party's nomination for Utah's senate race on Saturday - he came in a close second behind Utah state representative Mike Kennedy who casts himself as a conservative outsider.

Delegates preferred Kennedy to Romney, 51% to 49% respectively. Romney is running to fill the Utah Senate seat being vacated by Senator Orrin Hatch (R). In 2012, for example, Hatch similarly failed to clinch the nomination outright but went on to win his primary by 30 percentage points. The 2012 Republican presidential candidate and former MA governor failed to win the Utah Republican Party's nomination, which means he must face 11 challengers in a June primary for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. 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%.

"This is terrific for the people of Utah, and I really want to thank the delegates who stayed so late to give me the kind of boost that I got here", he said after the vote.

State Rep. Mike Kennedy won 50.88 per cent.

Nicole Nixon of member station KUER reports for our Newscast unit that Romney had a hard time winning support from Utah's more conservative delegates.

The Utah primary election will be held on June 26.

"The issue prompted hours of debate, shouting and booing at the convention. I'm exhausted of business as usual in Washington, D.C. If you want things to change, you need to vote for change". He had spent two months on the campaign trail visiting dairy farms, taking photos with college students and making stump speeches in small towns.

After the 2016 presidential election saw a groundswell of support for political outsiders on both sides with Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders' campaigns, it has not been easy for mainstream candidates to push through. But the 2 men have shown fresh indications of burying the hatchet, also Trump's approval has been accepted by Romney.

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