Mitt Romney Fails To Close The Deal In Utah GOP Senate Nomination – Will Face Primary

The race for the GOP senate nomination in Utah should have been a cake walk for Mitt Romney. Instead, he’s going to have to face a primary in June. This just goes to show how diminished Romney’s brand has become.

The Hill reports:

Romney forced into GOP primary for Utah Senate nomination

Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney failed to secure the Utah Republican Party’s nomination for Senate on Saturday, triggering a June primary.

In the final round of voting at the party’s convention, state Rep. Mike Kennedy (R) won 50.88 percent of the vote, with Romney following with 49.12 percent.

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Because neither candidate secured 60 percent, the two will head to a June statewide Republican primary.

Romney and Kennedy are running to succeed retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch (R).

Saturday’s defeat was a surprising turn for Romney, whose national profile far exceeds Kennedy’s and who could count on a strong donor network and the endorsement of prominent Republicans, including Hatch and President Trump.

When he made his bid official, Romney was considered a virtual lock for the GOP nomination and was not expected to face a serious primary challenger.

There’s no guarantee Mitt Romney will pull this off in June. If he doesn’t, hsi political career will probably e over once and for all.

 

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