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But even the former Governor of MA and Presidential Candidate could not get 60% of the vote at the party convention this weekend, in the seriously divided GOP.

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been forced into a primary race after losing Saturday's nomination battle at the state's GOP convention in West Valley City, Utah.

He failed to secure the Republican nomination yesterday and will now run in Utah's June primary against Utah state representative Mike Kennedy.

Former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is interviewed at the Silicon Slopes Tech Conference on January 19, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mr. Romney had previously secured his spot on the ballot by collecting 28,000 voter signatures, but he said on Saturday that the choice was partly to blame for his loss. At the Utah GOP Convention, Romney split the vote with conservative state Rep. Mike Kennedy, who acknowledged that after a long day at convention, the room was getting exhausted.

Kennedy and the ten other candidates Romney faced at the convention questioned the depth of his ties to Utah, and his shifting stance on Trump.

Gathering signatures is unpopular among many conservative delegates in the state who say it dilutes their ability to choose a candidate. Though he occasionally criticized Trump during his first year in office, in recent months he's toned down his remarks in an attempt to win over conservative Utahns.

After launching his Senate campaign in February, Romney has been meeting with delegates across the state. "Washington, D.C., is the Goliath", Romney said.

"Some people I've spoken with have said this is a David vs. Goliath race, but they're wrong", Romney said in his speech. "Washington, D.C., is the Goliath" he said.

After the 2016 presidential election saw a groundswell of support for political outsiders on both sides with Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders' campaigns, it has not been easy for mainstream candidates to push through. Mr. Trump has thrown his support behind Romney.

Trump fired back that Romney "choked like your pet dog" during their own WhiteHouse operate.