Mitt Romney was a no-term president and he is about to be a one-term Senator. It should have been expected since Democrats do poorly in Utah.
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has been holding meetings with potential supporters to make sure he has the support needed. He will no doubt get the Trump endorsement even if his competition wasn’t Romney.
Reyes has won three statewide elections in Utah and he is a name everyone knows.
Of course, everyone knows Romney as well, but in his case that works against him. Conservative Mormons aren’t real big on alleged Republicans that side with Democrats. If they wanted a Democrat, they would have elected one six years ago.
Even though, he himself is a Mormon, that will not help him in November. Reyes has the reputation of being a staunch conservative and that should carry him through the primary and the general election.
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who backed Donald Trump’s efforts to challenge the 2020 election results, is preparing for a 2024 Senate run that could pit him against Sen. Mitt Romney in a GOP primary.
Reyes, who has been elected statewide three times, in recent weeks has discussed the matter with key players in Utah politics and with allies of the former president, according to a person who is familiar with Reyes’ plans. Reyes will make a final decision and likely announce his intentions in May.
“Sean is very seriously considering running, regardless if Mitt runs or not,” the person said. “He’s confident that regardless of what Sen. Romney wants to do, he’s going to pursue this.”
Romney hasn’t publicly discussed his 2024 plans. The 75-year-old former GOP presidential nominee and Massachusetts governor is being encouraged by some anti-Trump Republicans to run again for president, though multiple political operatives in Utah believe Romney is likely to retire from politics at the end of his current Senate term.
“I guarantee Trump will come up with somebody,” said Carson Jorgensen, chair of the Utah Republican Party. “There’s enough vitriol there that no matter if Trump is running for president, he will run a candidate against Romney.”