Romney to announce Feb. 15 if he’ll seek Utah Senate seat

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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss. Closing in on a decision about whether to again run for president, Mitt Romney is finding that several past major fundraisers and donors in key states have defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. The donors, in interviews with The Associated Press, said they see in Bush what they liked about Romney in 2012, namely what they believe it takes to serve successfully as president, but also something he could not muster in his two previous campaigns: what it takes, both in personality as a candidate and in a supporting staff, to win the White House for the GOP. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney plans to announce on Feb. 15 if he’ll run for the Utah Senate seat held by Orrin Hatch.

Romney said in a Twitter post Thursday that he’s looking forward to the announcement. The post included a link to his website , which no longer includes references to his 2012 presidential campaign and quotes from his concession speech. Instead, it offers visitors a form to sign up and “Join Team Mitt.”

Romney’s been considered a top candidate for the Senate seat after longtime Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch announced in January that he would not seek another term.

In recent months, Romney has made more public appearances around the state but has declined to say if he’ll run for Hatch’s seat.

Hatch, who has served more than four decades in the Senate, is one of the longest-serving senators in U.S. history and began floating Romney’s name as his potential successor last year.

Romney, a former Massachusetts governor who moved to Utah after losing the presidential election, is expected to easily win the Senate seat if he chooses to seek it.

The 70-year-old Mormon is noted in Utah for turning around the scandal-plagued 2002 Winter Olympics and has wide respect from the state’s Mormon-majority population.