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McConnell Spoke to Romney About Utah Senate Bid
Orrin Hatch still says he’s planning on running for eighth term

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is considering a Senate run from Utah if Sen. Orrin Hatch doesn’t run for re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed Friday that he has spoken with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney about running for the Senate from Utah if the state’s senior senator, Orrin G. Hatch, does not seek an eighth term.

“I’ve had some conversations with Mitt Romney. Obviously, I am an Orrin Hatch supporter. … If [Hatch] wants to run again, I’m for him,” McConnell said.