Skip to main content

Gov. Romney Likely to Run for Senate

According to the Washington Examiner, former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Massachusetts) is likely to run for U.S. Senate from Utah. The current holder of the seat, 83-year-old Republican Orrin Hatch, announced on Tuesday that he will not be running for reelection in 2018. Since Hatch has served since 1977, the news of his retirement shocked some Washington insiders.

Orrin Hatch and Mitt Romney

Romney, who criticized Republican candidate Donald Trump over the course of the 2016 presidential election and into his presidency, was the nominee of the GOP in the 2012 election against former President Barack Obama. He ran alongside Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), who is now the speaker of the House.

The Examiner's report read:

Republicans in Utah expect Mitt Romney to announce for Senate after allowing at least a few days for retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch to bask in the limelight of a high profile, four-decade career on Capitol Hill. 
Hatch revealed plans Tuesday to step down at year-end after seven terms, putting an immediate spotlight on Romney. The 2012 Republican presidential nominee has for months signaled his intention to succeed Hatch; Utah GOP insiders say Romney would have killed that speculation had he changed his mind so that other formidable candidates could have prepared to prosecute a potentially arduous campaign.