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Report: Hatch Will Retire, His Office Says No Decision Made

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Sen. Orrin Hatch (AP)

By    |   Friday, 27 October 2017 04:37 PM

The office of Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is pushing back on a report that claims the lawmaker will retire at the end of next year to make way for Mitt Romney to run in his place.

The Atlantic reported Friday that the 83-year-old Hatch will step aside at the end of his current term, a move that's been rumored for months. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, would run for Hatch's seat.

Hatch's office, however, said nothing has been decided.

"Nothing has changed since The Atlantic published a carbon copy of this same story in April, likely with the same anonymous sources who were no more informed on the senator's thinking than they seem to be now," Hatch spokesman Dave Hansen told The Atlantic.

"Senator Hatch is focused on leading the Senate's efforts to pass historic tax reform, confirming strong judges to courts around the country, and continuing to fight through the gridlock to deliver results for Utah. He has not made a final decision about whether or not to seek reelection, but plans to by the end of the year."

The Atlantic claimed Hatch has privately told people that he will not run.

Reports have swirled for months that Hatch will retire and make way for Romney to launch a Senate bid.

Hatch began serving in the Senate in 1977.

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