Romney said Saturday he expects to do well in the primary and the general election after coming in a close second to state lawmaker Mike Kennedy at the convention in suburban Salt Lake City.
The former presidential nominee appeared upbeat after it was announced that he was edged out by state lawmaker Mike Kennedy, who got 51 percent of the vote to Romney's 49 percent.
Romney suggested that he'll focus his campaign on his experience in government, business and with the 2002 Olympics in Utah. Romney, who was one of the most outspoken critics of President Trump during the 2016 campaign, said he hasn't decided whether to support Mr. Trump for re-election. Mr. Trump has thrown.
The primary election will June 26, with ballots mailed to voters three weeks before election day. Early voting will begin on June 12.
Longtime Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch announced earlier this year he wouldn't be seeking re-election.