Mitt Romney teases February 15 announcement for Senate bid decision

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CNN's Maeve Reston reports that Mitt Romney has signaled he is moving toward with a run for a US Senate seat from Utah, tweeting Thursday that he will make a formal announcement about his plans on February 15.

Mitt Romney, a former governor of MA, teased a major announcement on Twitter on Thursday regarding the Senate race in Utah, further stoking speculation that he's readying a campaign announcement.

The former MA governor is expected to announce he is running for retiring Sen.

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"As Chairman of the Senate Finance and Judiciary Committees and as the longest-serving Republican Senator in USA history, Senator Hatch has represented the interests of Utah with distinction and honor", Romney said.

In early January, after, the White House pointedly would not commit to Trump supporting the eventual Republican nominee for Hatch's successor.

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While Romney has been quietly talking to potential aides in Utah, the tweet will allow him to hire a staff and make preparations more openly - while also courting the conservative delegates who control the Utah GOP's nominating convention. "Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud", Romney said during a speech in 2016.

Hatch said the following day that he would support Romney is he chooses to run.

A recent Salt Lake Tribune poll showed Romney winning the senate race with 64 percent over likely Democratic challenger Jenny Wilson, who had 19 percent.

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