Romney could face a challenge from Republican state Attorney General Sean Reyes, who supported Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) may also make a bid for Romney’s seat.
“I think that’s why he is giving this some pause. He will have a tough race with the Republican nomination process,” said Richard Davis, a professor emeritus of political science at Brigham Young University.
Davis said that Romney’s vote for Jackson, whom the senator praised as “a person of honor,” would likely be an issue in a future primary.
Romney is considered unlikely to win the Republican nomination at the state party convention, which is dominated by activists, so he would likely have to collect enough petition signatures to bypass the convention and advance to a primary.
— The Hill
Mitt Romney’s vote to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, after two votes to convict Donald Trump on impeachment charges, will likely send him the same way as Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.) — two other moderate Republicans who stood against Trump and are now out of politics.
But make no mistake: The Republican Party needs Mitt Romney. Every time a moderate who sometimes casts a maverick vote is exiled and replaced with a far-right loyalist, the party is made weaker, not stronger. I don’t agree with Romney’s votes to convict Trump any more than most Republicans — not because I don’t think Trump brought his impeachments on himself, but because I don’t agree with impeaching presidents as a general rule. Still, Romney is one of the best right-of-center politicians in the game today. He would have made an outstanding president if he’d been elected in 2012. He’s an excellent businessman who knows what it takes to be successful in the private sector, he’s a savvy politician who knows what it takes to be successful in the political sector (as he demonstrated by successfully navigating deep-blue Massachusetts as governor there), and perhaps most of all, he’s his own man and isn’t afraid to buck the status quo. When someone like Romney or Flake or Corker votes against their Republican colleagues, it doesn’t tell me they’re a RINO (Republican In Name Only), as they’re so popularly referenced these days. Instead, it tells me that they’re not afraid to stand on their convictions and refuse to be cowed into voting a certain way. We (America) need more politicians like that … from people like Romney on the right, and from people like Joe Manchin (W.V.) on the left.
The only way we get out of this political quagmire we’ve gotten ourselves into in America is if we stop letting ourselves be ruled by the wing nuts from either side and get back to governing from the center. Ronald Reagan understood that. Even Bill Clinton understood that. But in the past 20 or so years, we’ve lost our way.