Orrin Hatch to Retire as Romney Waits in Wings
He’s had a good run. After more than 40 years in office, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the longest-serving Republican senator, has announced he won’t seek re-election. The front-runner to replace the 83-year-old Trump loyalist is former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a prominent critic of the president who’s reportedly been considering a Senate bid. President Trump had repeatedly implored Hatch to run again, but now — if Romney replaces him — the dwindling number of powerful conservatives opposed to Trump may get a boost.