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GOP Senator Orrin Hatch Tells Friends He Plans To Retire, Mitt Romney Intends To Run For His Seat: Report

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GOP Senator Orrin Hatch Tells Friends He Plans To Retire, Mitt Romney Intends To Run For His Seat: Report




Utah GOP Senator Orrin Hatch has privately told allies in Utah that he plans to retire at the end of his term next year, and if he does, Mitt Romney intends to run for his seat, according to The Atlantic which cited five sources familiar with the situation.

“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,” said Dave Hansen, a spokesperson for Hatch.

“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.”



He declined to comment on what Hatch has told allies in private. A spokesperson for Romney also declined to comment.

The Atlantic adds:

Sources close to both men said plans have already been set in motion for Hatch to retire and for Romney to run, but they cautioned that the timing of the announcements has not yet been finalized, and that either man could still change his mind. They spoke on condition of anonymity, because the plans are not yet public, and the subject is sensitive to Hatch. Already, though, the expected developments are reshaping the state’s political landscape.




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