Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), 83, is up for reelection in 2018.
“With the 2018 Senate election on the horizon, I have been giving careful consideration as to whether I will seek reelection,” Hatch said in a statement provided by his office. “I have never taken any election for granted, and I would relish the opportunity to put my record before the voters. While I have taken steps to run, I have yet to make a final decision.”
He added: “While it’s no secret that I hold Mitt Romney in extraordinarily high esteem, my musing aloud on the subject has apparently snowballed into a frenzy of premature speculation.”
Romney’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.