Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the longest-serving GOP senator in U.S. history, announced Tuesday that he’ll retire at the end of his term.
Hatch, who had been publicly encouraged by President Trump to run for reelection, made his announcement in a video posted on Twitter.
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) January 2, 2018
The Hill adds:
The spotlight now shifts to Mitt Romney, who has been reportedly eyeing a Senate bid only if Hatch retired. The 2012 GOP presidential nominee is expected to be able to clear the field since he remains highly popular in Utah. Romney, a Mormon, has strong ties to the state and helped lead the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.