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Mitt Romney said he is looking forward to a primary campaign after failing to win the nomination for the U.S. Senate seat in Utah at the state GOP convention.

Romney and Kennedy will now face each other in a primary election, because neither Romney (49.12%) nor Kennedy (50.88%) reached the 60% threshold necessary to secure the party's nomination automatically.

Romney was narrowly defeated at Saturday's Republican state convention, receiving 49 percent of the vote to state Representative Mike Kennedy 51 percent.

In feedback after the vote, Romney stored an upbeat tone. "Failed really, very well", Romney advised saltlake City's FOX 1-3." to a nice, important chief.

Kennedy, too, was happy with the outcomes, the station reported. "If I had to make that decision today, I'd be missing the opportunity to find out what they're going to do for Utah".

The delegates on the conference are usually extra conservative than Utah's common voters, the newspaper famous.

When Mitt Romney announced his candidacy for a Senate seat in Utah in February and received an endorsement from President Trump shortly thereafter, many expected that the former governor of MA and 2012 presidential candidate would be sailing to a November victory.

Many still consider Romney to still be the favorite.

Romney pushed back against critics who said he's an interloper in Utah politics by referring to his role in staging the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah.

After his failed 2012 presidential campaign, he moved to Utah, where he gained popularity after running as the first Mormon presidential nominee of a major political party.

Mitt Romney won't say whether he will support President Donald Trump for reelection in 2020.

Trump fired again that Romney "choked like a canine" throughout his personal White Home run.

Trump, however, had endorsed Romney for Senate in February, despite a history of rivalry between them.

Hatch, 83, the longest-serving Republican within the Senate, introduced his retirement plans a number of months in the past, regardless of efforts by President Trump to persuade him to remain in Washington.