Former governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney will have to undergo the GOP Primary ordeal as he failed to secure the required 60% threshold in his bid to become the Republican nominee for Utah's Senate. In fact, he didn't even place first.
There is no denying that Romney has a lot of skills and that his reputation is pretty good, but there has been talk of him making a 2020 run for President AGAINST Donald Trump, and this is just plain wrong-headed.
With the retirement of Senator Orrin Hatch, the two frontrunners were Romney and Mike Kennedy. In the run-off vote (second round of delegate voting), Romney came second with 49.12% versus Kennedy's 50.88%. This means a Primary; which will be held in June.
Kennedy really doesn't have a national reputation (unlike Romney), as such, many were surprised that Mitt did not secure the delegates straight away. Being a two-time presidential candidate means that all of the secrets are already out and you know pretty much what you are going to get. So why did he not win outright?
Evidence points to his relationship with President Trump as the reason for his failure. Romney may well be Utah's Golden Boy, but the state really loves the President. Donald Trump won 45% of the vote in 2016, which may not sound like much, but remember that Hillary only got 27% and Evan McMullin got an impressive 21%. This is a pro-Trump state.
Romney's closeness to John McCain (and by association the Never Trumpers) and his unwillingness to get on board the Trump Train may have cost him the second round vote…Will it cost him the Primary?