Utah could be Steve Bannon's next battleground, especially if Mitt Romney runs

Utah could be Steve Bannon's next battleground, especially if Mitt Romney runs

"As chairman of the Senate Finance and Judiciary Committees and as the longest-serving Republican senator in United States history, Senator Hatch has represented the interests of Utah with distinction and honor", he said.

Senator Orrin Hatch abruptly announced his retirement Tuesday, which immediately had people speculating about his replacement.

"When the president visited Utah last month, he said I was a fighter". "I've always been a fighter; I was an amateur boxer in my youth, and i've brought that fighting spirit with me to Washington".

It wasn't that much of an honor, though: An editorial accompanying the recognition said, among other things, "It would be good for Utah if Hatch, having finally caught the Great White Whale of tax reform, were to call it a career".

"After much prayer and discussion with family and friends, I've chose to retire at the end of this term", Hatch said.

That dynamic sparked a recent lobbying effort by the White House to encourage Hatch to seek another term in office.

The senator returned the favor at the White House when Mr. Trump signed the tax measure, calling him "one heck of a leader".

If President Donald Trump's election marked a radical new era for the Republican Party, the 2018 midterm elections might offer something of a throwback.

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As chairman of Senate Finance Committee, Hatch played a key role in passing the tax bill that President Trump signed into law late last month.

"We are going to make this the greatest presidency we have seen, not only in generations, but maybe ever", Mr. Hatch said. Asked if he thought Romney would be interested in coming to Washington during the Trump era, Trump replied, "I don't know".

Bloomberg News reported in October that Bannon was planning to play in nearly every Republican Senate primary contest, anyway, but a couple of the Breitbart News chief's would-be targets - Sen.

The race to succeed Hatch in Utah could represent an irresistible challenge for Bannon, especially if Mitt Romney runs.

Jenny Wilson, a Salt Lake City city councilwoman who's seeking the Democratic nomination, said in statement that Hatch made "the right decision for Utah" and that she would stay in the race.

Hatch also served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and was at the centre of numerous biggest confirmation battles.

In 2000, Hatch dabbled in presidential politics himself.

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