"I’m running," Romney says privately, but as a Trump friend or foe?

Last Saturday, Mr. Gardner called the governor and read from a text that Mr. Romney had offered: “I’m running.”…

Some Republicans here see Mr. Romney’s ascent to the Senate as only the first step. Mr. Herbert said he “can accelerate” and become Senate Republican leader. Daniel Hemmert, a state senator who last year began a Draft Romney effort, went further, suggesting that if Mr. Trump is damaged or does not run again in 2020, the party should turn to the freshman senator from Utah.

Mr. Romney “has to be at the top of that list,” Mr. Hemmert said.