Sep 11, 2017

Romney reportedly plans Utah Senate run should Hatch retire

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Mitt Romney plans to jump into Utah's 2018 Senate race if Sen. Orrin Hatch decides to retire, according to a report from UtahPolicy.com. Neither Romney nor Hatch responded to requests for comment from Axios.

  • Utah's senior senator will be 84 on Election Day next year. He's said that he'd run again provided that both he and his wife remained in good health. UtahPolicy.com says that Hatch plans to make that decision in December.
  • Another factor: There's no news yet on whether Never Trumper Evan McMullin might jump in. He has remained an active political voice since his Utah-focused 2016 presidential run.
  • Why it matters: The timeline for Hatch's decision means that other candidates might not be able to assemble the resources needed to run. That wouldn't be a problem for Romney, who could easily put together a campaign apparatus on short notice.

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Amid racial unrest, a test at the polls

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Eight states plus D.C. are holding primary elections today following a week of intense protests across the country over the brutal police killing of George Floyd.

Why it matters: It's the first major test for voting since the national outcry. Concerns over civil unrest and the police — as well as the coronavirus and expanded absentee voting — could reduce the number of voters showing up in person but heighten tensions for those who do.

Axios-Ipsos poll: America’s big racial divide on police, virus

Data: Ipsos/Axios survey; Note: ±3.2% margin of error; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

A new Axios-Ipsos poll finds that America has a massive racial gulf on each of our twin calamities — trust in police, and fear of the coronavirus.

  • 77% of whites say they trust local police, compared with just 36% of African Americans — one of many measures of a throbbing racial divide in Week 11 of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index, taken the week George Floyd was killed by a white policeman in Minneapolis.
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Updates: George Floyd protests nationwide

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued for a seventh day across the U.S., with President Trump threatening on Monday to deploy the military if the unrest continues.

The latest: Four police officers were struck by gunfire while standing near a line in St Louis on Monday after a peaceful demonstration, Police Chief John Hayden said early Tuesday. They were all taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He said a small group of people had thrown rocks and fireworks at police officers.