Mitt Romey jumped back into the political fray as a foil to Donald Trump.
Never Trump Republicans cheered his entry into the Utah Senate race as a stepping stone to challenging the President.
But Romney’s big comeback just suffered a massive defeat.
Romney was defeated at the Utah GOP convention 51 to 49 by conservative state representative Mike Kennedy.
Under Utah rules, if no candidate reaches the 60 percent threshold, then the top two vote getters at the convention square off in the June 26 primary.
Thank you so much to all of the delegates for your votes today. I look forward to winning the support from voters across the state in the primary on June 26. Now let's go clean up Washington! #KennedyForUtah #utpol #UTGOP pic.twitter.com/nd04XHIB2j
— Dr. Mike Kennedy (@KennedyForUtah) April 22, 2018
Romney – who rose to national prominence because of his work during the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics – was considered the odds on favorite due to his “favored son” status as well as his establishment fundraising connections.
But Romney has scrambled to paper over the slurs he hurled at President Trump during the 2016 campaign.
In a famous speech, Romney ripped Trump as a “con man” and a “fraud.”
Now his opposition to Trump could be a massive liability.
Republican primary voters fiercely support President Trump.
Incumbent Republicans like Jeff Flake and Bob Corker have been driven from office because their anti-Trump postures rendered them unable to win a GOP primary against a pro-Trump challenger.
Will Romney suffer the same fate?
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