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Utah sends Mitt Romney, 2012 GOP nominee for president, to the Senate
Mitt Romney greets supporters at his headquarters for an election night party in Orem, Utah. (George Frey/Getty Images)

Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, was elected Tuesday to a Senate seat from Utah.

He prevailed over Democrat Jenny Wilson, an at-large member of the Salt Lake County Council.

Eight years ago, Romney led the GOP’s effort to deny Barack Obama a second presidential term. He was the governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007.

Romney’s Senate victory was hardly in doubt. Polling gave him a wide margin over his Democratic opponent.

Romney, whose mother was a native of Logan, Utah, served as president and chief executive of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics. The role helped relaunch his political career, and he was elected Massachusetts governor soon after. The prior decade he had tried to unseat Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.).

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