Having failed to secure the GOP nomination in his bid for the U. S. Senate in Utah, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) will face off against Mike Kennedy in the June 26th GOP primary.

Up by 43 points, Romney is the overwhelming favorite to go on to face (and defeat) Democrat candidate Jenny Wilson in November.

Anything can happen, of course, but in anticipation of taking a seat in the Senate, Romney appears to be softening his approach to President Trump.  Indeed, he is now predicting that Trump will “easily” win the 2020 GOP nomination and will then go on to “solidly” win reelection.

The Boston Globe reports:

He once called Donald Trump ‘‘a con man,’’ but Mitt Romney on Thursday night predicted that Trump would ‘‘easily’’ win his party’s presidential nomination in 2020 and ‘‘solidly’’ win a second term.

. . . . ‘‘I think that not just because of the strong economy and the fact that people are going to see increasingly rising wages,’’ Romney said, ‘‘but I think it’s also true because I think our Democrat friends are likely to nominate someone who is really out of the mainstream of American thought and will make it easier for a president who’s presiding over a growing economy.’’

The remarks from Romney marked a sharp reversal from his original impression of Trump. Romney briefly served as the face of the so-called ‘‘Never Trump’’ movement before the 2016 election. He delivered a scathing speech in Utah before the 2016 election, calling Trump ‘‘a con man’’ and ‘‘a fake.’’

Yet Romney’s criticism has softened since then. And now, in the midst of a Republican Senate primary campaign, the former Massachusetts governor appears to be embracing Trump and his leadership role in the modern-day Republican Party.

Romney’s latest ads seem to be constructed with an eye to the November election.

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