Romney Fails To Secure Utah GOP Senate Nomination, Faces Primary
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Apr 24, 2018,
Apr 24, 2018, 2:35
After a wild and raucous day of voting at the Utah GOP convention, the former MA governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee was unable to win the 60% that he needed to head to the November ballot unopposed.
Romney, 71, went up against 11 other candidates Saturday seeking Utah's GOP nomination to succeed retiring Sen. He'd already qualified for the June 26 primary ballot by collecting more than 28,000 signatures - which Romney pointed to as the reason for his second place finish.
As "somebody who's lived and worked and raised his family in Utah, balanced a budget", voters might see Kennedy as more conservative than Romney, the representative said.
If Romney had won the party delegate vote at the convention, there would be no need for a primary.
Romney is probably best known due to his chairmanship of the 2002 Winter Olympics, that were held from their country in Utah, and due to the fact he was the very first Mormon to become the presidential nominee of a social gathering.
Stay-at-home mother Michelle Cluff said she liked Romney's experience and believes he is ready to get to work as a senator.
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Kennedy also seemed pleased with the results, telling the station: 'I'm a candidate with a compelling life story and a unique set of life circumstances I'd like to use to serve the people of Utah'. "I'm exhausted of business as usual in Washington, D.C".
The former governor of MA long has had a home in Utah and is popular in the state. But Romney said Saturday he hasn't decided whether he'll endorse the president's 2020 re-election bid.
Romney asked for delegates' votes after spending two months on the campaign trail visiting dairy farms, taking selfies with college students and making stump speeches in small towns.
Mr. Kennedy, a doctor and lawyer who has been a state lawmaker since 2013, received applause from the crowd as he criticized the national debt, Common Core education standards and President Barack Obama's health care law.
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