Romney Fails To Secure Utah GOP Senate Nomination, Faces Primary

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. When Romney received Hatch's blessing to enter the contest, and quickly secured an endorsement from President Trump, he had every reason to think that he'd sail to victory.

Mitt Romney did anything but cruise to the Republican nomination for Orrin Hatch's Utah Senate seat on Saturday in what CNN calls "a wild and raucous day of voting" at the state's nominating convention. 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.

Romney was the only candidate to seek signatures to ensure a spot on the primary ballot - collecting more than 28,000 - and suggested the decision resulted in him losing votes from certain delegates. At the Utah GOP Convention, Romney split the vote with conservative state Rep. Mike Kennedy, who acknowledged that after a long day at convention, the room was getting exhausted.

Romney, 71, went up against 11 other candidates Saturday seeking Utah's GOP nomination to succeed retiring Sen.

Romney offered a characteristically awkward retort, correcting Kennedy on his biblical metaphor and claiming he's the one who'll take on the status quo in D.C.

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

Mitt Romney says he is not ready to commit to endorsing President Trumpfor reelection in 2020.

"I'm exhausted", Kennedy told delegates before the last vote. He had spent two months on the campaign trail visiting dairy farms, taking photos with college students and making stump speeches in small towns. "I'm not Goliath. Washington, D.C., is Goliath".

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. Trump responded, saying Romney had "choked like a dog" when he ran for president in 2012.

  • Rogelio Becker