Orrin Hatch to retire; eyes shift to Mitt Romney for 2018 race

Orrin Hatch to retire; eyes shift to Mitt Romney for 2018 race

[Ed. – Romney hasn’t said he’s running, but hasn’t said he isn’t either.  He has established residency in Utah recently, which seems like a clue.]

Sen. [score]Orrin Hatch[/score] (R-UT) is not running for re-election, an announcement which immediately renewed rumors that former presidential candidate and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will run for the open seat. His path would be pretty crystal clear, it seems.

Mr. Hatch’s decision clears the way for the political resurrection of Mr. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee who is now a Utah resident and is popular in the Mormon-heavy state. Mr. Romney has told associates he would likely run if Mr. Hatch retires.

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