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Utah’s top elected officials are taking to social media to share their reactions to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation concluding that neither President Trump nor his campaign associates conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential campaign.

Senator Romney at a town hall.
Nicole Nixon

Sen. Mitt Romney faced tough questions on the government shutdown, border security and his vote to lift sanctions on a Russian oligarch on Tuesday night in his first official town hall in Utah since taking office earlier this month.

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Members of Utah’s federal delegation walked on proverbial eggshells on Friday after an explosive report from BuzzFeed News alleged President Donald Trump instructed his personal attorney Michael Cohen to mislead Congress over a real estate deal in Moscow.

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Amid a government shutdown and criticism from fellow Republicans for his op-ed expressing disappointment in President Trump, Mitt Romney took the oath of office and became Utah’s newest Senator on Thursday.

In a short interview with KUER before being sworn in, Romney discussed his priorities as Utah’s freshman senator, his thoughts about the partial shutdown and reaction from President Trump to his opinion piece.

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Picking a fight with the leader of his party the day before being sworn in, former GOP presidential candidate and incoming freshman Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, writes that President Trump "has not risen to the mantle of the office."

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It was a year of big — big fires, big ballot initiatives and big political upsets — that collectively defined Utah in 2018 as the state continued its growth spurt. The Beehive State added another 50,000 people this year, owing both to the state’s healthy economy and low unemployment. But Utah also weathered more troublesome headlines, whether through the rushed creation of a controversial Inland Port in northwest Salt Lake City or the publication of sexual abuse allegations implicating leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Catholic Church.

KUER reporters picked out some of the top stories of this year and explain why they mattered.

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Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, two-time presidential candidate, and one-time Trump foe, declared victory Tuesday night in Utah’s Senate race, keeping the seat — and the Senate as a whole — safely in Republican hands while control of the House tipped to Democrats.

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With a comfortable lead in the race to be the next U.S. senator from Utah, Mitt Romney is using his name recognition — and significant campaign war chest — to get out the vote for other Republicans.

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During their only meeting before the Nov. 6 election, Senate candidates Mitt Romney and Jenny Wilson kept the debate civil – even friendly at times – as they recalled working together during the 2002 Winter Olympics, though Wilson got in a few jabs against what she called Romney’s inconsistent record on several issues.

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Republican Mitt Romney and Democrat Jenny Wilson will square off at Southern Utah University in their first debate of the 2018 Midterm Elections. Live broadcast will begin at 6:01 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9.

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Elected officials and wildfire experts will meet Thursday afternoon in Salt Lake City to discuss how to prevent catastrophic wildfires from springing up in Utah and across the west.

Mitt Romney shaking hands and holding his two-year-old grandson, Dane.
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Former presidential nominee Mitt Romney is one step closer to the Senate after trouncing his Republican primary opponent Mike Kennedy Tuesday night.

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After Russian efforts to disrupt U.S. elections in 2016, many states — including Utah — are shoring up their systems to prevent hacking and outside interference. But Russia uses social media too, and at least one big-name political candidate in Utah appears to have drawn some unusual interest.

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Mitt Romney is back. After two unsuccessful presidential campaigns, the former Massachusetts governor seems to be sailing through his bid for U.S. Senate. But he still faces a primary race with Republican state lawmaker Mike Kennedy. The winner of the June 26 primary will face Democrat Jenny Wilson in November for the seat currently held by retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch. 

Romney spoke with KUER's Nicole Nixon this week to discuss immigration, President Trump and more. 

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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It’s parade season in Utah, and U.S. Senate candidate Mike Kennedy is taking advantage of the summer festivities to shake every hand he can. As the underdog in the Republican primary for Utah’s open seat, he says it's a must.

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Mitt Romney, the Republican frontrunner for U.S. Senate, and his primary opponent Mike Kennedy debated on Tuesday at Brigham Young University in what sounded, at times, like an echo chamber.

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The Utah Debate Commission is holding debates Tuesday for all three of Utah’s contested primary races.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Kennedy is clarifying an apology he gave to a Texas pastor who has made inflammatory comments about Mormonism and other religions.

Utah GOP Tensions Boil Over At State Convention

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Long simmering tensions in the Utah Republican Party bubbled over at the party’s state convention this weekend. Some delegates worry that the infighting threatens to further undermine the caucus-convention system.

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Mitt Romney will face a primary challenger this June in his quest for Utah's open Senate seat. 

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Mitt and Ann Romney sat down in front of about 600 supporters and state delegates Thursday evening for a “living room” style chat, moderated by former Utah broadcaster Ruth Todd.

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U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney clarified his positions on immigration and DACA on Tuesday after online backlash.

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Mitt Romney earned more than $5.5 million over the past year and has a fortune worth up to $270 million, according to disclosure forms he filed Friday as part of his campaign for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah.

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Thursday was the last day to file for candidacy in this year’s elections in Utah. Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney stopped by the State Capitol Thursday morning to file. Romney is hoping to nab the Senate seat currently held by Orrin Hatch, who’s retiring.

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U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney was at the Utah State Capitol Tuesday meeting with Republican lawmakers. While the meetings were held behind closed doors, Romney said he spoke with Republican lawmakers about  his campaign and challenges facing rural Utah.

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President Trump has endorsed Mitt Romney for Utah’s open Senate seat. Trump tweeted his support Monday night and called Romney a “worthy successor” to outgoing Sen. Orrin Hatch.

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Many Utahns were excited when Mitt Romney finally made his candidacy for the seat currently held by retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch official. Ogden resident Paul Henstrom, who voted for Romney for president in 2012, hopes he can be a bridge in a deeply divided Congress. 

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Mitt Romney launched his political comeback on Friday, announcing a widely anticipated run for Utah's Senate seat. 

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Mitt Romney is postponing a highly anticipated announcement for U.S. Senate after 17 people were killed in a school shooting in South Florida

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Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said in a tweet he will announce his plans for U.S. Senate on Feb. 15.

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