Romney Wants an Earlier Primary in Utah

By Chris Good

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney evidently wants to enjoy some home-field advantage in the early GOP primary contests: The Salt Lake Tribune reports that his team is pushing for an earlier Utah primary date, which would set up a showdown with former Utah governor Jon Huntsman.

Mitt Romney's Utah advisers are working to try to get the state's Republican presidential primary moved up, from late June to earlier in the spring where it might play a bigger role in the nomination process.

If the Romney camp is successful, it could set up an early showdown between Romney, chief of the 2002 Olympics in Utah, and former Gov. Jon Huntsman in Huntsman's old backyard -- and it is a contest that, according to recent statewide polls, Romney would likely win.

Romney visited Utah last week.

Read the full story at The Salt Lake Tribune.

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