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Romney makes it official: He's running for Senate seat from Utah

17 February 2018

Romney, the former governor of MA and 2012 Republican nominee for president, is expected to launch his campaign for the Senate seat now held by retiring Sen.

Mr Romney is seeking to replace 83-year-old Republican Orrin Hatch, who is retiring despite being lobbied by Mr Trump to run for another six-year term.

Until relatively recently, this would have been an unlikely path for Romney, who retreated from the national spotlight after losing the 2012 presidential election to then-President Barack Obama.

It's not clear how Romney, a heavy favorite to win, would approach his role as a senator, particularly in the era of Trump.

"I think he's keeping out candidates that I think would be a better fit for Utah because, let's face it, Mitt Romney doesn't live here, his kids weren't born here, he doesn't shop here", Rob Anderson told The Salt Lake Tribune.

As soon as Hatch signaled he was out, Romney changed his location on his Twitter account to Holladay, Utah, one of the two locales where he owns homes in the state. Romney's name quickly surfaced as a potential replacement, as did rumors of a coming campaign, so the announcement was no surprise.

Those close to him say he plans a hyper-local focus on Utah issues throughout the Senate campaign.

Later, Romney unsuccessfully interviewed to be Trump's secretary of State.

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Adams added Romney has "that economic sense of not spending more than you make, actually saving some money...."

Romney said later he would not make any announcement on Thursday, as had been expected, because of a deadly school shooting in Florida. It's an approach other big-name figures who've run for Senate have employed, such as Hillary Clinton and Al Franken: Don't appear to be taking anything for granted or coasting on celebrity.

What happened: After his stint as governor, Romney set his sights on higher office and jumped into a crowded GOP field of presidential contenders.

Former Massachusetts Governor and Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced his candidacy for Senate Friday morning.

Although Romney was one of Trump's harshest critics during the 2016 presidential primary, labeling the now president a fraud and a phony in a speech at the University of Utah, he said he sees Trump differently now.

Romney is the front-runner in the November election in Republican-dominated Utah.

Romney may also be confronted by the pro-Trump, anti-establishment forces in the Republican Party that influenced decisions by Republican Party Senators Bob Corker of Tennessee and Jeff Flake of Arizona to retire after this year, although a Corker spokesman said he may reconsider.

Like Romney, Wilson, a member of the Salt Lake County Council, doesn't really want to talk about Trump either. In that race, Romney staked out far more liberal positions on issues like abortion than he would as governor of MA or as a presidential candidate.

Romney makes it official: He's running for Senate seat from Utah