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Mitt Romney has formally thrown his hat into the ring, officially launching on Friday his campaign to represent Utah in the US Senate.

The businessman and former governor of Massachusetts has been a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, a fellow Republican.

In a video he tweeted on Friday, Mr Romney emphasised those disagreements: “Utah welcomes legal immigrants from around the world, Washington sends immigrants a message of exclusion,” he said.

Mr Romney, who lost to Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election, also alluded on Friday to programmes pushed by Mr Trump that have frustrated many fiscally conservative Republicans because they are forecast to swell the deficit. “Utah has balanced its budgets, Washington is buried in debt,” he said.

Senator Orrin Hatch, one of the most pro-Trump Republican senators, last month announced his retirement, which opened up the way for Mr Romney to run in the November midterm election to replace him.

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