[Rushtalk] Return to Politics by RINO Romney who helped elect ObombA

Carl Spitzer {C Juno} cwsiv at juno.com
Fri May 4 10:43:45 MDT 2018


Utah Republican Senate candidate Mitt Romney delivers his speech to
delegates at the Utah Republican Nominating Convention on April 21 at
the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah. | Leah Hogsten/The Salt
Lake Tribune via AP

Romney falls short in Utah GOP convention, forced into primary for
Senate seat 


By ALEX ISENSTADT

04/22/2018 06:46 AM EDT


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Utah Senate hopeful Mitt Romney was narrowly defeated at Saturday’s
state GOP convention and will be forced into a June primary, a setback
in his political comeback bid.

Romney, who was the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, is still heavily
favored to win the seat from which longtime Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch
is retiring. But on Saturday, his path became slightly more complicated
when he fell short at the convention to state Rep. Mike Kennedy.
According to The Associated Press, Romney received 49 percent to
Kennedy’s 51 percent.

Romney had already qualified for the June 26 primary ballot because he
filed the needed number of signatures, the only candidate in the GOP
field to have done so. But had he received 60 percent of the vote at the
convention, he could have won the Republican nomination outright and
avoided the two-month primary battle.

Instead, he will face Kennedy, who has cast himself as a
conservative-minded outsider.

“Thank you to all the delegates who hung in there with us all day at the
Convention,” Romney tweeted on Saturday evening. “I appreciate the
support I received and look forward to the primary election.”

The convention process draws the state’s most ardent activists, and
typically favors conservative candidates like Kennedy over more
mainstream ones like Romney. Success in the convention has not always
translated into success in the primary, which draws a broader swath of
the Republican electorate. In 2016, incumbent GOP Gov. Gary Herbert lost
the April convention to Overstock.com Chairman Jonathan Johnson before
crushing Johnson in the June primary.

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Still, Romney had hoped to win the convention outright. Since launching
his Senate campaign in February, he has crisscrossed the state on his
truck and met with delegates in the state’s 29 counties.

Hoping to woo conservatives, he toned down his past criticisms of
President Donald Trump and focused instead on Utah-specific issues.
Shortly after launching his campaign, he received Trump’s endorsement.

Romney heads into the primary with a massive cash advantage over
Kennedy. Through the end of March, Romney had $1.1 million on hand
compared to Kennedy’s $257,000. Romney has received contributions from a
number of prominent Republicans who make up his donor network. Among the
givers, according to campaign filings, was former President George W.
Bush.

The winner of the Republican primary is expected to face Democrat Jenny
Wilson, a Salt Lake County councilwoman, in the general election.




https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/22/mitt-romney-utah-senate-544983

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