Despite widespread recognition and national media attention; former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will face a GOP primary challenger in the upcoming Utah Senate race; delivering a major roadblock towards his return to the political arena.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Republican party delegated “forced” Romney into a primary election against state Representative Mike Kennedy.
“In fact, Kennedy — a doctor and lawyer — finished in first place at the convention with 51 percent of the vote to Romney’s 49 percent. The former GOP presidential nominee fell far short of the 60 percent needed to clinch the nomination outright,” writes the Tribune.
The upcoming race looked like a lock for Romney, who hopes to fill the seat left vacant by outgoing Sen. Orrin Hatch.
The former GOP candidate gathered nearly 30,000 signatures ahead of the convention with the hopes of avoiding a primary fight against fellow conservatives.
“I know there were many people who were not enthusiastic about someone gathering signatures,” Romney said, adding it “was right for me. I’m glad I did it that way.”