Here's Who Is Considering Moving to Utah To Unseat Mitt Romney


The divide between Trump-style populism and moderate conservatism has grown increasingly clear, and actor Scott Baio’s desire to run against Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney is proof of that.

Baio, the former “Happy Days” star-turned-political activist, half-jokingly suggested in a tweet last week that he would like to primary Romney in 2024.

“Hey @MittRomney, beautiful golf courses in Utah……maybe I’ll move there, play a few rounds and unseat you,” Baio said.

“P.S. My wife is still waiting for her $2600 refund. Remember your wife canceled that Beverly Hills political luncheon fundraiser? But your campaign kept the money.”

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While Baio would gain attention in a hypothetical primary race, he certainly would not be guaranteed a victory.

Romney won 71 percent of the primary vote in 2018, and 63 percent of the statewide vote that November.

Romney was the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, but President Donald Trump and Romney have a strong dislike for one another.

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Their rivalry embodies the contrast between the two major factions within the Republican Party — populists and the old guard.

Realistically, a Baio primary challenge would likely appeal to populist Republicans and draw a following that would align closely with the views of Trump’s base.

However, Republicans of all types need to understand that there is a wide variety of views and people within the party, and that certain tactics will not work everywhere.

Many suburbans areas experienced high numbers of split-ticket voters in 2020, which is part of the reason why Democratic nominee Joe Biden won certain areas, but Republicans picked up multiple House seats.

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Another example to look at is Arizona, where Trump currently trails Biden. This is likely due to a number of reasons, one of them being Trump’s relationship with the late Sen. John McCain. Regardless of one’s opinion of McCain, it is well known that the two did not get along.

As a result, the Biden campaign decided to feature McCain’s wife, Cindy McCain, in advertising that aired throughout the state.

It is highly unlikely that Baio will actually run for the Utah Senate seat, but his suggestion certainly brings up a conversation about the dichotomy within the Republican Party right now.

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Cameron Arcand is a former writer for The Western Journal.
Cameron Arcand is a political commentator based in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2017 as a school project, he founded, which has grown exponentially since its founding. He has interviewed several notable conservative figures, including Dave Rubin, Peggy Grande and Madison Cawthorn.

In September 2020, Cameron joined The Western Journal as a Commentary Writer, where he has written articles on topics ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the "Recall Gavin Newsom" effort and the 2020 election aftermath. The "Young Not Stupid" column launched at The Western Journal in January 2021, making Cameron one of the youngest columnists for a national news outlet in the United States. He has appeared on One America News and Fox 5 DC. He has been a Young America's Foundation member since 2019.
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