If Romney Replaces Hatch, Senate Math Is All New - Page 2

Utah Senator is retiring, paving way for Trump-critic Romney to run
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2018 1:19 PM CST
Updated Jan 2, 2018 3:27 PM CST

  • Eyes on Mitt: Headlines about Hatch's decision are practically giving equal play to speculation about Romney. In a Facebook post, Romney praised Hatch for his long service but did not tip his hand on a possible run. Politico, among others, considers it "likely" that Romney will run. And the Atlantic notes that Hatch himself previously suggested that he'd step down if Romney would replace him.
  • New Senate math: The seat is sure to stay in GOP hands, but conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin writes in the Washington Post that Romney, if he runs and wins, could well join Democrats on certain votes against the Trump agenda. He could be a swing vote of sorts, like Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, she writes.
  • Watch Bannon: Will Trump loyalist Steve Bannon, who wanted Hatch to run for re-election, back his own candidate in the race now? As the AP notes, Bannon went after Romney aggressively while campaigning for Roy Moore in Alabama. (Among other things, Bannon said Romney "hid behind" his religion to get out of military service.)

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