Romney making final pitch ahead of Senate primary in Utah

Mitt Romney
The Associated Press

AMERICAN FORK, Utah (AP) — Mitt Romney is flashing his familiar smile at city parks and backyards in Utah’s mountains and suburbs this week, making his final pitch after being forced into a Republican primary against a conservative state lawmaker.

At stake is the party’s nomination to vie for the Senate seat long held by retiring Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch.

His opponent says he’s an outsider who can’t get along with President Donald Trump, but Romney has quieted his once-strident criticism.

Romney said during an interview with The Associated Press on the campaign trail that he’s not going to be a daily commentator on the president and supports many of his policies, but he feels a “moral obligation” to speak out on significant issues.

Romney is heavily favored to win in the state where he’s a popular adopted son.

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