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BREAKING: Another Top Republican Just Revealed He Won’t Run For Re-Election

According to a new report by The Atlantic, Republican Senator Orrin Hatch is planning to retire before the end of his term.

Citing several sources familiar with the situation, the publication revealed that Hatch has privately told allies in Utah that he won’t run for re-election, and that Mitt Romney intends to run for his seat.

“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 have 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.”

Steve Bannon, who has declared war on the Republican establishment, was already lining up a candidate to primary Hatch next year, and he has to be filled with glee over the prospect of facing Romney in a primary. It likely won’t matter. Romney is beloved in Utah, and he would win the seat with ease. If he wins, Romney is expected to be a voice of opposition to Donald Trump.

Turning Hatch’s seat into an open seat would take away a bit of certainty from the Republican Senate map. Republicans may have to fight to keep control of the Senate. Democrats need to flip only three seats to take control back.


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