The Utah Republican Party nominating convention was held over the weekend, and former presidential nominee Mitt Romney (R), who is viewed to be a lock to replace retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) in November, failed to place first among delegates and is now headed to a June 26th Republican primary election with state Rep. Mike Kennedy, a Lindon physician. The vote was 51-49% in Dr. Kennedy’s favor after multiple rounds of voting eliminated ten others, but a candidate must obtain 60% delegate support to win the nomination outright.
Despite his convention performance, which actually was expected, Mr. Romney remains the heavy favorite to win the party primary, and the general election. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R), who was honored at the state convention, is retiring after 42 years of service.
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