Top Senate Democrats sought to recruit Ken Jennings to challenge Utah Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin HatchInsurers: GOP should keep pre-existing condition protections DOJ pitches agreements to solve international data warrant woes Senate feels pressure for summer healthcare vote MORE (R) back in 2004, the "Jeopardy!" contestant revealed Thursday.

Jennings is famous for holding the record for consecutive wins on the quiz show. His streak of 74 straight victories brought him to the attention of the Democratic Senate leadership in 2004.

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In an online forum, Jennings told readers: "[Sens.] Chuck SchumerCharles SchumerGOP senators distance themselves from House ObamaCare repeal bill McConnell: CBO analysis for House bill will repeat 'things we already know' Congress urges Trump administration to release public transit funding MORE [D-N.Y.] and Harry ReidHarry ReidGOP frustrated by slow pace of Trump staffing This week: Congress awaits Comey testimony Will Republicans grow a spine and restore democracy? MORE [D-Nev.] both called me back personally in 2004 to try to get me to run for Orrin Hatch's Senate seat."

Schumer went on to become head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2005 and earned a reputation for recruiting top candidates.

Jennings continued: "I am not making this up. Win on a game show and you can apparently run for the US Senate. That was when I realized the Democratic Party was f@#$ed in '04."

Jennings lived in Utah during his winning run and would have been eligible to challenge the Republican.