MITT GETS MIGHTIER
Things appear promising for former presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and his quest to be the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat in Utah. A new UtahPolicy.com poll reveals that 67 percent of likely GOP voters in the state favor Mr. Romney, 24 percent prefer his opponent, state Rep. Mike Kennedy. The two men are bidding to replace Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, who is retiring, and recently duked it out in a public debate at Brigham Young University.
Much of the press would savor a Romney win overall, anticipating the inevitable rancor between Mr. Romney, the Republican establishment lawmaker, and President Trump; the pair had open disdain for one another during the 2016 presidential race.
CNN has already declared that if he wins the Senate seat, Mr. Romney would be a perfect “foe” to the White House. Voters themselves are iffy about the whole thing, An Economist/YouGov poll conducted earlier this year found that 42 percent of Americans are unsure whether Mr. Romney should even run for the U.S. Senate; 41 percent have an unfavorable opinion of him, and 37 percent are convinced that if he were elected, Mr. Romney would oppose Mr. Trump and his policies. Another 30 percent would prefer that Mr. Romney not run for the office while 28 percent approve of the idea.