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Mitt Romney Announces Utah Senate Bid

"Utah welcomes legal immigrants from around the world – Washington ... southeast of Salt Lake City. He also owns homes in New Hampshire and La Jolla, California, as well as a condominium near Boston. Romney enters the race as a prohibitive front-runner.

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In a video announcement Friday – delayed one day after a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday, Romney launched his long-anticipated bid [READ: Is Mitt the Next McCain?] One of the most consistent Republican critics of President Donald Trump, Romney did not mention the president in announcing his campaign, instead promising to import his state's values to Washington. "Utah welcomes legal immigrants from around the world – Washington sends immigrants a message of exclusion," he said, suggesting he might split from many in his party on the issue that has been a major source of division in recent months "On Utah's Capitol Hill, people treat one another with respect," he added"Utah is a better model for Washington than Washington is for Utah." I am running for United States Senate to serve the people of Utah and bring Utah's values to— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) February 16, 2018 Hatch, 83, is the longest serving Republican in Senate historyHe announced his decision to step down in early January. Originally from Michigan, Romney first ran for Senate in Massachusetts in 1994, losing to Ted KennedyHe was elected governor of the Bay State in 2002. In launching his bid, Romney faces accusations of carpetbagging, but he has longstanding ties to the Beehive State [MORE: State Auditor John Dougall May Challenge Mitt Romney] He became a local hero when he stepped in to rescue the troubled 2002 Winter Olympic games in Salt Lake CityA member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Romney can trace his family ties to his great-great-grandfather, a Mormon pioneer who settled in the state in the 19th century After losing his bid to defeat President Barack Obama in the 2012 election, Romney first moved to Deer Valley, before building a mansion in Holladay, southeast of Salt Lake CityHe also owns homes in New Hampshire and La Jolla, California, as well as a condominium near Boston. Romney enters the race as a prohibitive front-runnerSalt Lake City councilwoman Jenny Wilson is likely to be the Democratic nomineeJohn Dougall, the state auditor, is believed to be considering a long-shot bid to upset Romney in the GOP primary, seeing an opportunity to run as a strong conservative supportive of Trump's agenda in a state where the president remains popular. //pull contents of BREAKPOINT-MEDIUM div in the above BREAKPOINT-SMALL var mediumBreakpointEl = document.getElementById("poll-sleeper-medium"); var smallBreakpointEl = document.getElementById("poll-sleeper-small"); if (mediumBreakpointEl) smallBreakpointEl.appendChild(mediumBreakpointEl.firstChild); Tags: Mitt Romney, Orrin Hatch, Utah, Senate, Congress, 2018 Congressional elections, politics, elections, Republican Party Gabrielle Levy covers politics for U.SNews & World ReportFollow her on Twitter (@gabbilevy) or email her at USN.ready().then(function() { $('#truncate-qgzezndp8v-9udjdsekmbb').truncateHTML(); }); Recommended Articles The 10 Worst Presidents Andrew Soergel, Jay Tolson | Dec31, 2014 Not all U.Spresidents are missed once they leave the White House. 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