April 22, 2018
Man, this is rough.
I remember when this guy was running for President.
Now he can’t even get a nomination for a Senate race.
Mitt Romney did not win the Utah Republican Party’s nomination on Saturday, meaning he must compete in a June primary election as he seeks to replace retiring US Sen. Orrin Hatch.
After a wild and raucous day of voting at the Utah GOP convention, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee was unable to win the 60% that he needed to head to the November ballot unopposed. When none of the 12 candidates were able to cross that threshold, the party continued with successive rounds of caucus voting until one candidate reached 40%.
On the second round of voting, Utah state representative Mike Kennedy emerged in the lead with 50.88%. Romney came in a close second with 49.12%.
Romney and Kennedy will now compete in a primary set for June 26.
After the vote, Romney said he was looking forward to a primary race.
“This is terrific for the people of Utah, and I really want to thank the delegates who stayed so late to give me the kind of boost that I got here today,” Romney said, standing on the convention floor after the proceedings were adjourned. “We’re going to have a good primary.”
Kennedy, who had framed the race as David vs. Goliath, said when asked why he had edged out Romney in the vote that he wasn’t sure.
“I don’t know,” Kennedy said when asked why he thought his message appealed more to delegates than Romney’s. “I don’t know — it’s just my message.”
“We’ve got 60 days to reach out to as many voters as we can.”
Romney is considered a favorite to win the seat.
I would bet money – I might actually go ahead and check the odds and literally bet money – that he’ll win the nomination and the seat.
But his failure to handily secure the nomination speaks to his popularity. Speaks very poorly to it.
The running theory is that he is planning to become some kind of a Trump nemesis, possible pose a primary challenge to him in 2020, maybe even run third party.
The problem with that plan – if that is a plan – is that people really hate the guy.
Even his fellow magic underwear Mormons are just like “ehhhhh.”