(From The Guardian)
Mitt Romney has been forced into a Republican primary for a US Senate seat in Utah as he looks to restart his political career by replacing the long-serving Senator Orrin Hatch.
Romney, the Republican’s presidential candidate in 2012, remains the favorite overall to win the Senate seat in November. But if he had won enough votes at the state GOP convention on Saturday he would have bypassed a primary altogether.
Instead he was edged out by state lawmaker Mike Kennedy, who got 51% to Romney’s 49 percent. Voters will decide between the two in a 26 June primary.
Romney went up against 11 other candidates at the convention, mostly political newcomers who questioned Romney’s criticism of President Donald Trump and the depth of his ties to Utah.