It looks like the speculation is over concerning whether Mitt Romney will throw his hat in the ring for US Senate.
According to the New York Times (take that for what it’s worth), Mitt sent a text message to a close friend with a pithy declaration: I’m running.
That text was then shared with Utah Gov. Gary Herbert who relayed it to the press.
It’s confirmation of the growing speculation that Mitt will seek to replace Sen. Orrin Hatch who announced his surprise retirement in recent days, much to Trump’s chagrin.
Current polls show Mitt easily winning the election with as much as a 50-point margin.
Here’s more from BizPacReview…
Mitt Romney has privately committed to running for Senate in Utah, confirming rampant speculation surrounding the former Massachusetts governor’s political future sparked by his fellow Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch’s retirement.
Romney, a Michigan native and longtime Massachusetts resident, has yet to commit publicly to a Senate run in his newfound home state of Utah, but has done as much privately in a Jan. 6 text to his close friend and prominent Utah businessman Kem Gardner, according to The New York Times.
The text, which Gardner relayed to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, reads simply, “I’m running.”
Romney remains publicly undecided, however, he fueled speculation by changing his Twitter location to Utah in the immediate aftermath of Hatch’s retirement.
His nascent candidacy has enjoyed a string of good luck in recent days. Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was removed from Breitbart News after a public spat with President Donald Trump. Also, two high-profile challengers — Boyd Matheson, GOP Utah Sen. Mike Lee’s former chief of staff, and GOP Utah Rep. Mia Love — withdrew amid rumors of Romney’s run.
Romney, an outspoken critic of Trump, enjoys widespread name recognition and support among Utah’s Mormon community.