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Romney officially files to run for Senate

Romney officially files to run for Senate

Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRyan’s exit scrambles Wisconsin House race Feehery: Don’t call the game before it’s over Top Ways and Means Republican staffer joining lobbying firm MORE (R) on Thursday officially filed his paperwork to run in Utah to replace retiring Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchGOP senators raise concerns about babies on Senate floor House passes series of bills to improve IRS Senators, staffers lament the end of 50 Most Beautiful 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.

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“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 TrumpHouse Republicans push Mulvaney, Trump to rescind Gateway funds Pruitt spent K flying aides to Australia to prep for later-canceled visit: report Rosenstein told Trump he is not a target of Mueller probe: report 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 MooreGOP intensifies war against Blankenship in West Virginia The Hill's Morning Report: Hannity drawn into Cohen legal fight Blankenship compares McConnell to 'the Russians' for 'interfering' in W.Va. primary 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.