Mitt Romney eyes potential Utah Senate campaign

Former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is reportedly considering a Senate run in Utah.

The Atlantic's McKay Coppins first reported Romney's mullings on Thursday, saying Romney has "spent recent weeks actively discussing a potential 2018 Senate bid with a range of high-level Republicans in both Utah and Washington." Coppins cited six sources familiar with the situation.

Romney served as the 70th governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 before running for president in both 2008 and 2012. Romney was openly critical of President Trump as the 2016 election progressed, but scaled back his vocal opposition after Trump won the presidency and considered Romney for U.S. secretary of state.

Romney has said that he would only consider the bid if and when he has the blessing of Sen. Orrin Hatch -- the Republican elected who currently holds the seat for which Romney would be running.

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Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney arrives to meet with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., November 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney arrives to meet with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., November 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence (R) greet former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (L) as he arrives for their meeting at the the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., November 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP, NJ - NOVEMBER 19: President-elect Donald Trump (C) and vice president-elect Mike Pence (R) welcome Mitt Romney (L) to the clubhouse at Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
US President-elect Donald Trump welcomes Mitt Romney as he arrives for a day of meetings at the clubhouse of Trump National Golf Club November 19, 2016 in Bedminster, New Jersey. / AFP / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
US President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence welcome Mitt Romney as he arrives for a day of meetings at the clubhouse of Trump National Golf Club November 19, 2016 in Bedminster, New Jersey. / AFP / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP, NJ - NOVEMBER 19: President-elect Donald Trump (L) and vice president-elect Mike Pence (R) welcome Mitt Romney (C) to the clubhouse at Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
US President-elect Donald Trump (L) and Vice President-elect Mike Pence (R) welcome Mitt Romney as he arrives for a day of meetings at the clubhouse of Trump National Golf Club November 19, 2016 in Bedminster, New Jersey. / AFP / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
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It seems the run would be a no-brainer for the former politician who won Utah by 48 points in his 2012 presidential run. He was then the first Mormon ever to become a major-party candidate for President.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell commented on the rumors of Romney's bid during a Friday press availability, saying he's had "conversations" with Romney about the subject.

"I've had some conversations with Mitt Romney," McConnell said on Friday. "Obviously, I'm an Orrin Hatch supporter. Orrin Hatch has to decide what he wants to do. If he wants to run again, I'm for him."

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