OREM — The Associated Press has called the U.S. Senate race for former Republican governor and presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

BREAKING: Republican Mitt Romney wins election to U.S. Senate from Utah. #APracecall at 8:00 p.m. MST. @AP election coverage: https://t.co/miEWlbTVZW #Election2018 #UTelection

— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) November 7, 2018

Though he fell short of winning the ultimate Washington prize in 2012, Romney appears on his way to beating Democratic Salt Lake County Councilwoman Jenny Wilson in a race that really wasn’t in doubt since the day he jumped in last February. Being forced into a primary election in June proved to be more of a distraction than a challenge.

Romney will replace retiring seven-term GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch, who urged the former Salt Lake Olympics leader to run. Though he will head to the nation’s capital as Utah’s junior senator, Romney will have instant credibility with his Republican colleagues, though he won’t wield near the power of the venerable Hatch.

Utahns shouldn’t expect Romney to be a counterbalance to President Donald Trump, at least when it comes to policy. He has, by and large, agreed with the Trump agenda, high tariffs on foreign goods being an exception. He also may disagree with the administration’s approach to Russia.

Romney has distanced himself from his 2016 comments when he called Trump a “fraud” and a “phony,” but said he would call out the president when he makes racist, misogynistic or anti-immigrant remarks.

Romney’s stated priorities include reducing the $21 trillion national debt and pushing for a balanced budget amendment. Some observers expect him to seek positions on the Senate foreign relations and national security committees.

At 71, Romney will be the oldest first-term U.S. senator ever elected in Utah. He has said he doesn’t expect to serve more than two terms. He …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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