Romney officially files to run for Senate

Romney officially files to run for Senate

Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Romney: Trump's remarks at Putin summit 'disgraceful and detrimental to democratic principles' Utah's largest paper compares child separation to war crimes in scathing editorial MORE (R) on Thursday officially filed his paperwork to run in Utah to replace retiring Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchSenators introduce bipartisan bill to improve IRS Senate panel advances Trump IRS nominee Don't place all your hopes — or fears — on a new Supreme Court justice MORE (R).

“Today, I visited the office of LG @SpencerJCox to officially file for the US Senate race,” Romney tweeted, along with a photo of him signing election documents.

“In the month since I announced my candidacy, I’ve driven nearly 4,000 miles to meet with Utahns in 20 counties. Hope I’ll get a chance to meet you soon and earn your vote,” he added.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee, announced last month in an online video that he would run for Senate.

“I believe I can help bring Utah’s values and Utah’s lessons to Washington. Utah is a better model for Washington than Washington is for Utah,” he said in the video.

Romney is not expected to face a primary challenge, and is heavily favored over his presumptive Democratic opponent, Salt Lake City councilwoman Jenny Wilson, according to polls.

He has frequently sparred with President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE. Romney blasted then-candidate Trump in a March 2016 speech as a “phony” who was taking over the Republican Party.

Since Trump took office, he has hit the president for supporting Alabama Senate candidate Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreRoby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism Once a Trump critic, Ala. rep faces runoff with his support Doug Jones walks tightrope on Supreme Court nominee MORE and for reportedly referring to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries.”

However, Trump tweeted his support for Romney's campaign after the initial announcement, and Romney expressed appreciation in return.