Mitt Romney “will announce next week that he is running for the U.S. Senate this year,” sources close to him said. “Romney will gather the 28,000 required signatures from registered GOP voters to ensure he gets on the late-June Republican Party primary ballot, assuming other Republicans” will also file for retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch’s (R) seat.
“It is unclear whether Romney will also take the SB54-allowed route of going to the state Republican convention, which will be held in May. Party leaders want Romney to do so, as it will ensure a great turnout of the 4,500 or so delegates (to be picked in mid-March neighborhood caucuses).”
“Romney is taking the signature route for one clear reason: The possibility (although remote) that he could be eliminated in the state GOP convention if he only went the caucus/delegate/convention route—like the late-Sen. Bob Bennett was in 2010.” (UtahPolicy.com)
Salt Lake County Councilwoman Jenny Wilson (D) is running on the Democratic side.