Mitt Romney To Take Orrin Hatch’s Seat?

U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, will not seek re-election to the Senate in 2018.

Keeping his 2012 campaign promise to Utah voters, Hatch, 83, announced his retirement in a video posted to Twitter Tuesday.


Hatch’s retirement from the Senate, following Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., creates yet another open seat in what is shaping up to be a hotly contested national election year. All eyes are on former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is now a Utah resident and has reportedly told those close to him he will run for Senate if Hatch retires.

Romney would be the obvious establishment choice for the seat, though he may not be favored by President Trump. During the 2016 Republican presidential primary, Romney referred to Trump as “a phony, a fraud” and said, “He’s playing the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat.”

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