By Isabel Indresano 4/23/2018
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney unexpectedly lost the Republican nomination for Utah Senator at the GOP convention Saturday. He was narrowly defeated by state Rep. Mike Kennedy,who received 51 percent of the vote to Romney’s 49 percent. The former Massachusetts Governor will now have to win a primary election in June if he plans to fill retiring Senator Orrin Hatch’s seat.
Romney needed to win 60 percent of the vote in order to appear on the ballot unopposed in November. Instead, he and Kennedy, and possibly other candidates, will run in a primary set for June 26.
Romney had received a blessing from Sen. Hatch to enter the race and an endorsement from President Trump on Twitter in February, making him the favorite to win at the convention. Polls show Romney winning easily in the election ahead.