Mitt Romney just suffered a humiliating setback in his Utah Senate bid

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Despite his high profile, former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has failed to secure the Republican nomination for the upcoming Utah Senate race.

Romney came in second place to Utah state Rep. Mike Kennedy (R) in a second round of voting, where his challenger amassed 50.88 percent of the vote, while Romney took 49.12 percent. Because neither reached the 60 percent threshold to win outright, there will now be a GOP primary on June 26.

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The former presidential candidate is vying to fill the seat being vacated by retiring Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who is currently the longest serving Republican Senator, having served for 41 years. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is currently the longest serving lawmaker in the entire Senate, having served for 43 years.

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“Every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves, and for me that time is soon approaching,” said Hatch, 83, the conservative chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. “I’ve decided to retire at the end of this term.”

While Romney has, at times, been critical of Trump – he previously called him a “fraud” – the Senate hopeful has been noticeably soft on the president when given the opportunity to take a stand. After Trump endorsed Romney for the vacant Senate seat, Mitt responded with gracious acceptance from the man who once called him the “dumbest and worst candidate in history.”

If Romney truly wants to secure the GOP nomination come June, he may want to consider growing a spine first.

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Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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