Mitt Romney 2016? Advisers try to squelch effort, but it's gaining steam

“Look, the focus needs to be on the midterm elections. That’s what Mitt is doing,” Mr. Zwick told the Deseret News in Salt Lake City last month. “The organization has no merit. None.”

But in Chicago last week, when asked about his draft effort, Utah GOP chairman James Evans was happy to talk.

“We are mindful of Romney insiders’ concerns, but we’re not going away,” says Mr. Evans.