Romney expected to announce Senate bid next week

January 26, 2018

Sources close to Mitt Romney tell that the former GOP presidential nominee will announce next week that he is running for the U.S. Senate this year.

Romney will gather the 28,000 required signatures from registered GOP voters to ensure he gets on the late-June Republican Party primary ballot, assuming other Republicans will file to run for the office being vacated by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

It will only take Romney about three weeks to get the needed signatures, UtahPolicy is being told. That’s plenty of time before the April deadline to hand those signatures into local election officials to verify their validity.

(Signature-gathering candidates can hand signature packets in early, and get verified well before the deadline, in any case.)

It will cost Romney around $200,000 to hire a signature-gathering firm. Financial peanuts for the man who still has $6 million left over from his 2012 presidential race and can raise huge sums of money in a Utah Senate race.

It is unclear whether Romney will also take the SB54-allowed route of going to the state Republican convention, which will be held in May.

Party leaders want Romney to do so, as it will ensure a great turnout of the 4,500 or so delegates (to be picked in mid-March neighborhood caucuses).

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