January 4, 2018
A recent poll of 600 registered Utah voters by UtahPolicy.com found that— if 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney were to run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Orrin Hatch when he announced his retirement on January 2—Romney would win big over the current Democratic front-runner Jenny Wilson.
Romney moved to Utah about two years ago. The state is predominately Mormon; with a population of about 60% Latter Day Saints, Romney’s religion of choice.
Utah State University political science professor Damon Cann was came out last September, saying that Romney would most likely be unbeatable if he ran for Utah’s Senate seat, even if not all Republican voters viewed him as in complete alignment with their views or had concerns about his criticism of President Donald Trump:
“There’s no one on the planet who could beat Mitt Romney in a Senate race in Utah,” quipped Cann. “Romney is widely admired and appreciated in the state of Utah. If Senator Hatch doesn’t run, there will be a collective sigh of relief from many Utahns. If Mitt Romney does run, there will be cheers from the gallery and enthusiasm from every corner of the state.”