Hatch may cede to Romney on Utah Senate seat

Posted April 08, 2017

"Of course they're going to approach Mitt Romney and say, 'Hey, would you run, what do you think?'"

Hatch's seat is up for re-election in 2018.

There has been much speculation about whether Republican Sen.

Hatch made headlines last week when he told National Journal said that he would consider retirement if "a really outstanding person" were to run - someone like Romney would be "perfect". Orrin Hatch decides to retire, Romney could be ready to take his place. Romney has made his distaste for Trump very clear, which would make him the ideal senator for Utah, which as a state has collectively made its feelings well known about Trump. In December, he was a leading contender for Secretary of State in President Donald Trump's cabinet.

Members of Utah's Congressional delegation largely praised President Trump's decision to launch a sudden airstrike on a Syrian airfield Thursday night. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has told the National Journal he might be step aside if Mitt Romney chose to run for his seat in the U.S. Senate.

"With the 2018 Senate election on the horizon, I have been giving careful consideration as to whether I will seek reelection", Hatch said in a statement provided by his office.

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Utah's senior Republican senator, first elected in 1976, hasn't been definitive about his intentions yet.

Nevertheless, sources close to Romney have said that he is strongly considering a bid, and has already held conversations with both Hatch and House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell about his future prospects as a Senator.

McConnell says he would support Hatch if he wants to run again.

Longtime Romney supporter Kirk Jowers said the "appeal for Utah for a Sen".

Since his failed presidential bid, many have speculated about Romney returning to the political frontline, although no formal plans have materialized. "Romney is we replace one of the most venerated senators in Hatch with perhaps the most famous Republican in the country so we don't lose that stature".

Perry said the time for a Senate campaign to get up and running is approaching fast.