There has been a great deal of speculation surrounding whether 83-year old Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) will seek re-election next year. While the Senator indicates that he is running, he continually leaves open the option to change his mind. Boyd Matheson, a former chief of staff to Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), was contemplating running for the Senate should Mr. Hatch retire. This week, Mr. Matheson said he won’t run meaning that Sen. Hatch has firmly decided to seek re-election, or the idea that former presidential nominee Mitt Romney would run in an open seat – a move Sen. Hatch says he would support – is gaining more credibility. The Utah candidate filing deadline is March 15th, so much time still remains for this situation to become clearer.
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