DEVELOPING STORY: Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) announced he will not seek reelection to the U.S. Senate. Romney, a fierce critic of President Trump, had faced fierce opposition among pro-Trump Republicans in Utah.
“I have spent my last 25 years in public service of one kind or another. At the end of another term, I’d be in my mid-eighties,” Romney said in a statement. “Frankly, it’s time for a new generation of leaders. They’re the ones that need to make the decisions that will shape the world they will be living in.”
His term ends in 2025.
“While I’m not running for re-election, I’m not retiring from the fight,” Romney said. “I’ll be your United States Senator until January 2025.”
Romney had already faced an uphill climb in 2024. Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs announced plans to challenge the failed presidential candidate.
“The only thing I’ve seen him fight for are the Establishment, ‘wokeness,’ open borders, impeaching President Trump and putting us even deeper into debt,” Staggs says in an announcement video that highlights Romney’s votes to impeach Trump.
In a hypothetical 2024 Republican Senate primary match-up, 30% of Utah Republicans would vote for Romney. Attorney General Sean Reyes, who is reportedly eyeing a U.S. Senate bid, is the only other potential candidate with double-digit support at 13%, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Romney says it’s time to bring in new and younger leadership.
“It’s very difficult for the House to operate, from what I can tell,” he told the Washington Post, “and two, and perhaps more importantly, we’re probably going to have either Trump or Biden as our next president. And Biden is unable to lead on important matters and Trump is unwilling to lead on important matters.”
My message to Utahns on my Senate reelection plan: pic.twitter.com/kgbsfIxMeR— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) September 13, 2023
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