Some people just can’t take a hint. Most of them are in D.C.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), who’s up for reelection in 2024, said in an interview published on Wednesday that “I’m convinced that if I run, I win.”
“I’ve faced long odds: Getting the nomination in 2012 was a long shot, becoming a Republican governor in one of the most liberal states in America, Massachusetts. … So I’m convinced that if I run, I win. But that’s a decision I’ll make,” the first-term Utah senator told the news outlet.
Republicans winning gubernatorial elections in Massachusetts is not exactly unheard of.
Just ask Charlie Baker who served out two terms. Romney’s predecessors were Republicans, at least by party identification, so I’m not sure why he keeps bragging about it as if it’s some impossible feat.
The 2012 primaries were a train wreck in which Romney had all the money and faced limited opposition and, aside from Gingrich, had no serious competition. And I have no idea why Romney is boasting about the nomination in a race that he famously blew.
Anyway, let’s do something that no one involved in this seemed to bother to do, ask the voters.
Romney has a slightly higher job approval rating than disapproval rating, 48.9% to 46.9%, according to the survey. Those numbers have remained fairly consistent since he took office nearly four years ago.
But looking ahead to 2024, 51.3% of voters in the state say he should definitely or probably not seek a second term, while 47.4% say he definitely or probably should run.
The enthusiasm is really marked with only a quarter saying he should “definitely” run again.
Romney continues to have solid support among Democrats in Utah.
The poll found 72.4% of Utahns who identified as Democrats want him to run again. More than 65% of voters who identified as “very liberal” or “somewhat liberal” say Romney should seek reelection as do more than 62% of “moderate” Utahns, according to the survey.
At least Mitt finally found a base. Democrats worried that a conservative candidate might run and win.