Mitt Romney forced into primary after losing nomination battle in Utah Senate bid

- Associated Press - Updated: 9:22 a.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2018

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — Mitt Romney was forced into a Republican primary in his bid for U.S. Senate in Utah after losing a nomination battle Saturday at the state’s far-right-leaning GOP convention.

Romney remains the heavy favorite overall to replace long-serving Sen. Orrin Hatch in November and said he was ready to keep campaigning hard.

If he had won the party delegate vote at the convention, he would have bypassed a primary altogether. Instead, he was edged out by state lawmaker Mike Kennedy, who got 51 percent of the vote to Romney’s 49 percent.

GOP voters will decide between the two in a June 26 primary.

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.

Gathering signatures to make the ballot is unpopular among many conservative delegates in the state who say it dilutes their ability to choose a candidate.

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

Romney, 71, went up against 11 other candidates at the convention, including one dressed as Abraham Lincoln, complete with vest and bow tie. Some candidates questioned Romney’s past criticism of President Donald Trump.

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Good news indeed. That must have been one barnburner of a convention. (Wonder if they use electronic voting!?)

Would have enjoyed being a fly on the wall for that had to be a spirited convention to observe.

Utah voters now have an awesome responsibility before them. It appears to me a choice of going for a status quo politician  who possesses a record of delivering disappointment or a choice of saying no we are going to attempt to try a candidate that we will hold accountable when he/she falters.

One thing is that Romney is an anti Trump fellow who will stick it to our President in 2020.

Just found this short clip from their convention ... hope they post more!

https://youtu.be/-FvHsXgfgcg

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