Mitt Romney Signals on Social Media That He's Running for Senate in Utah
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was considered an early favorite to replace Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) if Hatch chose not to run for reelection.
Romney had not officially stated a plan to run, but finally telegraphed his intention on social media following Hatch's official announcement of his upcoming leave.
The Twitter bio for Romney placed his home location as Massachusetts on Tuesday morning. But shortly after Hatch's statement, Romney's location changed to Holladay, Utah.
First screenshot: 3:12 PM EST today Second screenshot: 5:45 PM EST today See if you can spot the difference. https://t.co/OuxM7sc2cd— Sahil Kapur (@Sahil Kapur)1514933264.0
Romney delivered a scathing critique of Donald Trump before the 2016 presidential election, calling him a "phony" and a "fraud." He's also been a staunch opponent of Russia for many years, standing by his claim that the country was America's top geopolitical foe during a presidential debate against President Barack Obama. Romney's approval rating in conservative Utah is far higher than Trump's.
It is of note that the retiring Hatch is currently third in the line of presidential succession as president pro tempore of the United States Senate. By custom, the longest-serving senator of the majority party is elected to the role by the Senate. But the Senate can legally elect any sitting senator to the position.