The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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 UtahPol­ 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.

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