Mitt Romney says win is call for more respect

Mitt Romney gives an acceptance speech for Utah's vacant Senate speech. (Photo: KUTV)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mitt Romney says his Senate victory in Utah is a call for greater respect, regardless of gender, race or place of birth.

Romney said during an acceptance speech Tuesday that his success affirms that "we are equal, not only in the eyes of God, but also in the respect and dignity we are due from government and from our fellow Americans."

He also said he expects to work with members of both parties on his priorities like balancing the budget, reforming the immigration system and pushing back "against the heavy hand of federal government."

Romney easily won the race to replace retiring fellow Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch after more than 40 years, defeating Democrat Jenny Wilson.

He moved after his 2012 presidential loss to Utah, where he is a beloved adopted son.

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