With U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) retiring, the battle for his seat is already heating up. On Monday, U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) helped fan the flames by endorsing GOP candidate Trent Staggs in the race.

"I'm proud to endorse Trent Staggs for United States Senate," Tuberville said, according to Fox News. "We don't just need Republicans in Washington. We need conservatives who aren't afraid of a fight."

"I look forward to having Mayor Staggs join myself and Senator Mike Lee in taking on corruption, defending the unborn and fighting for the America First agenda," he added.

Staggs is running on a conservative platform, pushing for smaller government, lowering taxes, reforming education, ending woke policies and protecting the country's border.

"I'm honored to have the endorsement of Senator Tuberville," Staggs said. "I look forward to joining him in fighting against the radical left and defending liberty in Washington."

Staggs is facing nearly a dozen other candidates in the race, including Republican Utah Congressman John Curtis. Utah's GOP primary is scheduled for June 25.

Staggs has received over 30 in-state endorsements from former and current officials, but Tuberviille is the first senator to publicly endorse in the race.

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