Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is prepared to run for Senate in Utah if the state’s senior senator, Orrin Hatch, decides to retire, Utah Policy reported Monday. Romney now lives in Utah.
The report cited unnamed sources close to Romney, who said he is preparing a Senate run depending on what Hatch does. Hatch had previously said this term would be his last, but he has since signaled he could run for an eighth time. Hatch adviser Dave Hansen said his boss would likely make a decision by the end of the year. Hatch is the most senior GOP senator and is the chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee.
Also Monday, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said he is considering whether to run for re-election or retire. If he retires, it would probably put a seat that analysts expect to stay in GOP hands into a more uncertain state. Corker is an influential Republican who at times has clashed with President Donald Trump.