Mitt Rom­ney set to launch cam­paign for Se­nate to­day

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NATION+WORLD -

SALT LAKE CITY » For­mer GOP pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Mitt Rom­ney will an­nounce to­day that he’s run­ning for the Utah Se­nate seat held by re­tir­ing Or­rin Hatch, three peo­ple with di­rect knowl­edge of the plan con­firmed Wed­nes­day.

He’ll be a heavy fa­vorite to keep the seat in Repub­li­can hands.

Rom­ney, 70, once a harsh critic of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, will re­lease an on­line video to­day an­nounc­ing his Se­nate bid. His first pub­lic ap­pear­ance as a Se­nate can­di­date will come Fri­day night at a county Repub­li­can din­ner in Provo.

Those with knowl­edge of his plans spoke on the con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they weren’t au­tho­rized to speak pub­licly.

De­spite a drama-filled his­tory with Trump, Rom­ney is not ex­pected to ad­dress the com­bat­ive pres­i­dent di­rectly in the an­nounce­ment video. Those close to him say he plans a hy­per­local fo­cus on Utah is­sues through­out the Se­nate cam­paign.

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