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Feb. 14, 2018, 8 p.m.

Utah GOP head likens Mitt to Hillary

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Utah Republican Party Chairman Rob Anderson criticized Mitt Romney ahead of his expected Senate announcement Thursday, saying Romney is “essentially doing what Hillary Clinton did in New York” by running in a state in which he has not spent a lot of time. Romney is set to enter the race to replace retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch as the immediate favorite.

Newsom, Villaraigosa get a new Democratic opponent

The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday that Amanda Renteria, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 national political director, filed to create a committee to run for governor of California. Democrats Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa lead recent polling in the all-party primary to replace term-limited Gov. Jerry Brown.

All signs point to Cramer

Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota received an offer from oilman Harold Hamm to be his finance chairman, the surest indication yet that Cramer is moving toward a challenge to Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, the Atlantic reported. If Cramer jumps in, state Sen. Tom Campbell, who is currently challenging Heitkamp, said he will give “serious consideration” to seeking Cramer’s House seat.

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