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Mitt Romney May Run for Hatch's Seat If He Retires

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In this June 8, 2012, file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, laughs walking side-by-side with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who met him on the tarmac at Salt Lake International Airport, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley, File)

By    |   Monday, 11 Sep 2017 01:32 PM

Mitt Romney may run for Sen. Orrin Hatch’s seat if the Utah senator retires, Utah Policy reported Monday, adding new fuel to speculation about the political future of the former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate.

Hatch has been silent on whether he will run for an eighth term in 2018 and may make his decision by the end of the year.

His reluctance to make a final decision may present obstacles for other candidates considering jumping into the 2018 race. However, Romney is said to have the finances and backing to launch a campaign regardless of when Hatch makes his final decision.

According to a poll by Utah Policy, Romney had an advantage over Democrat Jenny Wilson in the Senate race, tracking 64 percent of the vote compared with her 26 percent.

Earlier this year, Hatch said he would consider stepping aside if Romney were to run for his seat, The Hill reported.

"While it’s no secret that I hold Mitt Romney in extraordinarily high esteem, my musing aloud on the subject has apparently snowballed into a frenzy of premature speculation," Hatch said in a statement to The Atlantic in April.

Hatch said at the time that the topic was drawing "overhyped intrigue," adding that it did not "reflect the reality of the situation, especially this soon after the last election."

In February, the Deseret News reported that Romney said "all doors were open" in terms of the 2018 Senate race.

"I don't have any predictions on what I might do," he told the newspaper at the time. "I'm not going to open a door and I'm not going to close a door. All doors are open."

He added that he was not looking to make a national political move, although there were some "races coming up here in Utah that are going to be interesting."

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Mitt Romney may run for Sen. Orrin Hatch's seat if the Utah senator retires, Utah Policy reported Monday, adding new fuel to speculation about the political future of the former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate.
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