According to a new report, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney-a two-time GOP presidential candidate-has chose to run for the Senate if Sen.
Senator Hatch has repeatedly said he will run for an eighth term in 2018. He twice ran for president, winning the GOP nomination in 2012 when he lost to Barack Obama. However, sources now tell UtahPolicy.com that Hatch may not make up his mind until December.
"Mitt Romney would be ideal", Hatch said in a National Journal interview in March, commenting that he would consider retiring if a viable candidate took his place, according to a tweet from National Journal's Ben Pershing.
Asked about the possibility of a Romney Senate run, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, said he thinks Romney is "a very good man" but had not heard about his interest in the U.S. Senate seat. He's not going to run for this seat.
Hatch, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, is now fourth in line to the presidency as Senate President Pro-Tempore behind President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney gives a speech at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. A UtahPolicy.com survey found Romney far ahead of Democrat Jenny Wilson in a hypothetical matchup, 64-26%.
Romney remains broadly popular in Utah, and would be well-positioned to win in a reliably Republican state.
"If he were to run again, I believe he would be much more willing to open up and share who he is - not by asking others to learn the doctrines of his faith but by speaking of the values of love and service that it has taught him", Romney's eldest son, Tagg, told the Washington Post at the time.