Mitt Romney will face primary after setback in run for US Senate

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Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney bumped into an impediment Saturday in his bid to succeed Utah's retiring U.S. Sen.

Mitt Romney is headed into a primary election after failing to win Utah's GOP Senate nomination. Primaries take place June 26. "If he does remove Mueller, I believe that Congress will reappoint him, and the most effective way to keep the investigation intact is for congressional leaders to make it clear to the President that if (Mueller) were removed by the executive branch, he would be rehired by the legislative branch".

After two rounds of voting, Republican delegates split their votes between Romney, who garnered 49.12 percent, and Utah House Rep. Mike Kennedy, who got 50.88 percent.

"I'm with the president's domestic policy agenda of low taxes, low regulation, smaller government, pushing back against the bureaucrats", Romney said. "And I hope to be able to get the job done for the people of Utah".

A candidate needs 60 percent of the delegate vote to win the Utah Republican party's nomination outright.

Mr. Romney, a former governor of MA and the Republican candidate for president in 2012, remains the heavy favorite to win the Senate seat in November.

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Romney excoriated Trump in the 2016 presidential campaign and said he was a "fraud" who was "playing the American public for suckers".

"I'm exhausted", Kennedy said. Kennedy captured 51 percent of the vote.

Despite the outcome, Romney said he was glad he gathered the signatures, adding it "was right for me".

After four hours of sometimes heated debate, shouting and booing, delegates voted to delay discussion of bylaws that would have set term limits for the GOP's central committee and undercut more conservative members' power. Romney, who was one of the most outspoken critics of President Trump during the 2016 campaign, said he hasn't decided whether to support Mr. Trump for re-election.

The convention also contended with Romney's well-known disdain for and criticism of President Trump. Mr. Trump has thrown his support behind Romney. Since then, Trump and Romney appear to have patched up their relationship.

In the open seat for U.S. Senate delegates pushed the race to a primary.