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Orrin Hatch 'might very well consider' stepping aside if this person ran for his seat

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) indicated Tuesday that he might be willing to not run for re-election if former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) would run for his seat in 2018. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) is signaling he’d be willing to step aside and not run for re-election in 2018 if former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R), who know lives in the Beehive State, would run for his seat.

In an interview this week with National Journal, Hatch said he “might very well consider” retiring if an “outstanding person” were to run for the Republican nomination. After being asked who that person might be, the senator said: “Well, Mitt Romney would be perfect.”

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