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Mitt Romney to launch U.S. Senate campaign Thursday in Utah

Mitt Romney to launch U.S. Senate campaign Thursday in Utah

Mitt Romney plans to announce his long-expected U.S. Senate bid on Thursday in his adopted state of Utah with a low-key rollout intended to duck roiling Republican divisions and avoid signaling that he will play the role of foil to President Donald Trump.

Wednesday night, however, Romney said he would delay Thursday's announcement because of the Florida school shooting in which at least 17 people were killed. "Out of respect for the victims and their families, I will not be making an announcement tomorrow about the Senate race," he tweeted.

Romney's eventual rollout will set up a potentially fraught campaign path for the party's former presidential nominee as he...

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