Mitt Romney Mum On Intent To Seek Sen. Orrin Hatch's Seat

U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, the Utah Republican who has served more than 40 years, announced he will not seek re-election this year — clearing the way for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to run for the seat.

Romney, who now lives in the Beehive State and is popular there, has been rumored for months to be mulling a Senate run if Hatch, 83, opted out.

In recent weeks, President Trump lobbied Hatch, a key Trump congressional ally, to run for an eighth term — including flying with Hatch on Air Force One to Utah in December for a rally.

Trump’s efforts to keep Hatch in the Senate were seen in part as an effort to thwart a potential bid by Romney, a frequent foe.

“Clearly Romney is eyeing the seat and has been for some time,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell. Close Romney allies said his likely campaign for the open seat would be less about fighting Trump and more about public service.

Read more from Kimberly Atkins at the Boston Herald

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