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After Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney voted to convict President Donald Trump on one of the Democrats’ articles of impeachment, many wondered what it meant for Romney’s immediate political future.
Some wondered if Romney was setting himself up to challenge Trump in 2020 or if he would use his seat in the Senate to vote against the president’s agenda.
While we still don’t have answers to either of those questions, a new poll has revealed that Utahns rate the job performance of Trump higher than that of any of the state’s elected representatives in Washington.
A new Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll asks voters in each of Utah’s four congressional districts to rate Trump’s job performance and that of its representative.
Romney has a 52 percent approval rating, while 41 percent of voters disapprove.
That may not seem bad, but Romney’s approvals in his home state have been steadily falling this year.
In early February, a Morning Consult Poll was released showing a massive 8-point drop in Romney’s approval ratings in Utah.
In the third quarter of last year, he had a comfortable 65 percent approval rating.
But in the last quarter, he dropped to 57 percent — which is around the same time he began siding with Democrats in the Senate impeachment trial.
Now, his approval rating is at 52 percent.
The common theme? The more he speaks out, votes against, or does anything that is not favorable to Trump, his approvals in Utah drop.
The poll also came after Romney voted against the president during the Senate impeachment trial.
Regarding the first article of impeachment, “abuse of power,” 52 voted “not guilty” and 48 voted “guilty.”
Romney was the only Republican to vote with Democrats on this charge against the president.
Following his vote to convict the president on that particular impeachment charge, one prominent figure in politics called on Romney to “make history” again.
Neal Simon, a Maryland business executive and 2018 independent candidate for U.S. Senate, called on Romney to “run for president as an Independent.”
Simon seems to think that Romney could take a big chunk of voters away from Trump, thus harming his chances of winning re-election.
But wait, it gets better.
Simon also wants Romney to select Michael Bloomberg, the leftist billionaire who just dropped out of the race, to be his running mate.
Romney’s inner liberal continues to seep out. He previously sided with socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on her absurd left-wing plans.
And now he’s seemingly fueling theories that he may or may not have voted for the president’s re-election.
If Romney’s a Republican, does he not support the Republican president?