Last weekend at the Republican Convention in Utah former Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Placed 2nd forcing a statewide primary for the Republican US Senate opening caused from Orrin Hatch’s retirement.
NPR noted that –
Even with his name recognition and campaign war chest, Romney couldn’t get the 60 percent of the vote he needed to avoid a primary. At the Utah GOP Convention, Romney split the vote with conservative state Rep. Mike Kennedy, who acknowledged that after a long day at convention, the room was getting tired.
But this is only half the story. According to a reporter in Utah –
…the results demonstrate how weak Mitt Romney’s performance was with rank-and-file GOP delegates on Saturday, and because the alternative to Romney is a genuine conservative who now may have the upper hand
Romney actually won the first round of voting but not with enough votes to win the Republican nomination because he needed 60% and he only earned 46%.
Lawyer and doctor Mike Kennedy who won 41% in the first round to place second to Romney.
However in the 2nd round almost all the votes went to Dr. Kennedy.
He won the 2nd round with 51% of the vote to 49% for Romney.
Romney only received a small portion of the 2nd round votes showing how much the candidate had fallen since not supporting President Trump during the 2016 election.
Conservative voters in Utah were not behind the man who garnered their support in 2012 but would not get behind the Republican candidate for President only four years later.
Romney is case in point – if you do not support the President and get behind him and the Trump train – you will lose. If you get on the Trump train you will roll.