OREM — Mitt Romney is headed to Washington after all.
The former Republican presidential nominee and Massachusetts governor can add U.S. senator to his list of political accomplishments after cruising to victory Tuesday over Democrat Jenny Wilson.
“During the next six years, I commit to devote my heart, my mind and my energy to be worthy of the trust that as the voters of Utah have given me,” he said in his victory speech to a cheering crowd at his campaign headquarters.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, pose for a photo with Gov. Gary Herbert and U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, during an election night event in Orem on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. The Associated Press and CNN called the race for the former Republican presidential nominee just after the polls closed at 8 p.m.
Romney will take office amid a small blue wave that returned control of the House to Democrats. Republicans held a slim majority in the Senate. He said he would reach across party lines to find common ground.
Unofficial results showed Romney with 61 percent of the vote to Wilson’s 33 percent. Three third-party candidates Tim Aalders, Craig Bowden and Reed McCandless combined for less than 6 percent of the vote.
Romney said his victory is a call to action.
“I believe it’s a call for greater dignity and respect. I believe it’s an affirmation that regardless of one’s gender or ethnicity or sexual orientation or race or place of birth, that we are equal, not only in the eyes of God, but also in the respect and dignity we are due from government and from our fellow Americans,” he said.
Romney said his win is also a call to action that is “long past due” on a balancing the federal budget, immigration reform and pushing back against the “heavy hand of the federal government.”
“I will be one of one hundred United States Senators. But I believe that one person, doing the right thing at the right time can have a lasting impact,” he said. “I will work with good men and good women in both parties to serve the cause of America’s enduring greatness.”
Though he fell short of winning the ultimate Washington prize in 2012, Romney beat Wilson in a race that really wasn’t in doubt since the day he jumped in last February. Being forced into a primary election in June proved to be more of a distraction than a challenge.
Romney will replace retiring seven-term GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch, who urged the former Salt Lake Olympics leader to run.
Though he will head to the nation’s capital as Utah’s junior senator, Romney will have instant credibility with his Republican colleagues, though he won’t wield near the power of the venerable Hatch. Some observers expect him to seek positions on the Senate foreign relations and national security committees.
Asked if he had any advice for the junior senator, Utah GOP Sen. Mike Lee said he would tell Romney to watch out for “mostly …read more
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