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#NeverMitt Wins Round One Of Utah Senate Race

Utah’s grassroots conservative convention Republican delegates on Saturday forced Mitt Romney into a primary election against state Rep. Mike Kennedy for the GOP’s U.S. Senate nomination.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Kennedy — a doctor and lawyer — finished in first place at the convention with 51 percent of the vote to Romney’s 49 percent. The former GOP presidential nominee fell far short of the Mitt Romney faces primary60 percent needed to clinch the nomination outright.

Kennedy, after the convention, said he expected it to go to a primary. “We’re happy about it.”

Romney and Kennedy emerged as the only two survivors from 12 candidates after two rounds of balloting. Kennedy may have gathered some support between votes by voluntarily helping to sweep up confetti on the convention floor — to great applause by his supporters reported Salt Lake Tribune writers Lee Davidson and Courtney Tanner.

The state lawmaker certainly was the underdog by the traditional measure of name recognition and campaign funding wrote Davidson and Tanner: Romney reported spending $526,516 of the $1 million he transferred from his leftover presidential account. Kennedy reported an outlay of $31,500.

“I’m tired,” Kennedy told delegates before the last vote. “You know what I’m really tired of? I’m tired of business as usual in Washington, D.C. If you want things to change, you need to vote for change.”

Meanwhile, Romney told delegates, “You know me well and you know the things I stand for. … I’m going to get things done for Utah.”

Romney volunteers tried to sway some last-minute voters during the hourslong convention by tossing water bottles and Twinkies to tired delegates sitting in the arena.

But while many in the crowd were wearing “Team Mitt” hats, Davidson and Tanner reported there were also a few T-shirts accusing Romney of being a “RINO” — Republican in name only.

Romney went into Saturday’s convention with nothing to gain — he already gathered enough signatures to be assured a spot on the Republican primary ballot said the Salt Lake Tribunes Robert Gehrke.

While polls seem to show broad support for Romney’s Senate campaign, the notoriously prickly delegates didn’t seem to get the memo that they are supposed to swoon over his perfectly coiffed hair and malleable positions on the issues said Gehrke.

Gehrke said Rod Arquette, who hosts a conservative talk show daily on KNRS and had been opening his phone lines to callers — some of them delegates, some not — to share their take on Utah’s U.S. Senate candidates.

“It’s a mixed bag,” he said of what he was hearing pre-convention about Romney he told Gehrke. “Listeners raise the same questions: Romney and Romneycare, his attack on President Trump during the campaign, the carpetbagger [issue].”

The Romney frustration was also reflected in a private Facebook group that consists of nearly 700 state delegates reported Gehrke. In numerous posts on the page (which were shared with Gehrke by a delegate), Romney is routinely attacked.

He’s weak on gun rights, he’s aloof and won’t answer questions, he won’t stand up for the Constitution — while conservative candidate state Rep. Michael Kennedy garnered praise.

Romney blamed his second-place finish — out of a dozen Republicans seeking the seat of retiring seven-term Sen. Orrin Hatch — on delegates’ dislike of candidates like him who hedge their convention bids by also gathering signatures to ensure at least a place on the primary ballot, a process that Romney has tried to – as usual – be on both sides of.

Mitt Romney is to Republican politics what the little mechanical moles are to the arcade game Whack-A-Mole; an annoyance that bursts forth according to some malevolent algorithm and the faster you beat it down the quicker it pops back up.

After running a content-free campaign for President in which he barely mentioned the worst economy since the Great Depression, Obama’s effort to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, and ignored the bedrock cultural issues that motivate key elements of the Republican presidential coalition, Romney ducked down only to resurface regularly to criticize conservatives and Republicans who were actually doing something to implement the Republican platform and the conservative agenda.

We don’t know if Utah’s forgotten men and women know much about the real Mitt Romney – the vulture capitalist who likes firing people, who opposes economic nationalism and thinks the job killing Trans Pacific Partnership would have been good for America, so between now and the Utah Republican Primary we plan to inform them about exactly who Mitt Romney is and who he represents – and it isn’t Utah’s hard-pressed working families.

Click this link to learn more about state Rep. Mike Kennedy and his campaign for Utah’s Republican Senate nomination.

For our other #NeverMitt articles click the links below:

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Look it, Mitt is 100% Rino Republican. This is not "Rocket Science" at all, well except to some. Mitt does NOT know how to grow a backbone, let alone a pair. Proof - Look how he let Obama walk all over him during the debates. Mitt was a spineless blob of nothing. Even a Blob Fish has more backbone than Mitt.

RINO !!

Mitt Romney is bad for Utah and bad for America. The left progressives thought Mitt would be a shoe in. Hats off to the Conservatives of Utah for seeing thru this Progressive Carpetbagger !!