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    Orrin Hatch to Retire, Leaving Vacant Senate Seat

    He’s had a good run. After more than 40 years in the U.S. Senate, Republican Orrin Hatch of Utah has announced he won’t seek re-election this year. That leaves former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney — a prominent Trump critic who’s reportedly considering a Senate bid — free to run for the 83-year-old’s seat. Hatch, the longest-serving Republican senator, currently chairs the Senate Finance Committee, and is also president pro tempore of the body. “I may be leaving the Senate,” he said, “but the next chapter in my public service is just beginning.”

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