Romney officially files to run for Senate

Romney officially files to run for Senate

Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyKavanaugh and the 'boys will be boys' sentiment is a poor excuse for bad behavior Nicki Minaj endorses Cuomo for governor Thank goodness Trump gets what Obama failed to grasp on economy MORE (R) on Thursday officially filed his paperwork to run in Utah to replace retiring Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchDem rep who met with Kavanaugh accuser: 'She wanted her truth to come out' Senate passes bipartisan bill to curb opioid crisis Kavanaugh, accuser to testify publicly on Monday 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 TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' president 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 Moore#MeToo era shows there's almost never only one accuser, says Hill.TV's Krystal Ball Dem senator: 'Not a good practice' for anonymous misconduct allegation to halt Kavanaugh nomination Roy Moore drops lawsuit over campaign ads against him 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.