Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is headed to Washington at last.
Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee for president, coasted to victory in his Senate race in Utah against Democrat Jenny Wilson.
Throughout the campaign to fill the Senate seat vacated by Orrin Hatch, Romney never led in the polls by less than 20 points. A practicing Mormon in a state where an estimated 63 percent of the population identifies as belonging to that religion, Romney will now face the difficult balance of working with President Trump, a man he has often criticized.
During his Senate campaign, Romney forcefully denounced Trump’s portrayal of the media as the “enemy of the people.”
“As a political tactic, it may be brilliant, but it comes with a large cost to the cause of freedom,” Romney wrote on his campaign website.
Romney also delivered a stinging rebuke of Trump during the 2016 presidential race.
“If we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospect for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished,” Romney said.
Less than two years later, Trump endorsed Romney early in his Senate campaign, saying he “will make a great senator.”
In response, Romney thanked Trump and said he hoped he could “earn the support and endorsement of the people of Utah.”
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