Romney fundraising haul dwarfs Democrat in Senate race

Mitt Romney, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Utah, appeared on KVNU radio station on Monday, June 4, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mitt Romney is vastly outraising his Democratic opponent in the Utah race to win the Senate seat left open by retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch.

Campaign-finance records show he raised $2.4 million this spring, a haul that dwarfs the $142,000 brought in by Democrat Jenny Wilson.

He spent nearly that same amount between April and June, a reporting period that included his Republican primary election. He easily bested state lawmaker Mike Kennedy in the June 26 race.

Wilson, who was unopposed, spent about as much as she raised during that period.

The Salt Lake County councilwoman ended July with about $84,000 in cash on hand, compared to about $1.2 million in Romney’s account.

Romney is the high-profile favorite to win in his conservative adopted home state of Utah, though Wilson is campaigning hard.

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