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Romney making Senate race announcement in two weeks

Romney making Senate race announcement in two weeks
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Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyDems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Pawlenty departing Wall Street group as campaign rumors swirl Trump ambassador nominee spread conspiracy theories about Cruz, Kasich MORE will reveal later this month whether he'll run for Senate in Utah.

Romney announced the timeline in a short tweet Thursday, saying he would reveal his decision on Feb. 15.

"Looking forward to making an announcement on February 15th about the Utah Senate race," he tweeted, along with a link to his website.

Romney is expected to launch a bid to replace retiring Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchOvernight Tech: Uber exec says 'no justification' for covering up hack | Apple considers battery rebates | Regulators talk bitcoin | SpaceX launches world's most powerful rocket Overnight Cybersecurity: Tillerson proposes new cyber bureau at State | Senate bill would clarify cross-border data rules | Uber exec says 'no justification' for covering up breach Hatch introduces bipartisan bill to clarify cross-border data policies MORE (R-Utah), a bid that would make him the far-and-away favorite. 

His potential candidacy has been the source of speculation for years, with Senate Republicans excited at the chance for the former Massachusetts governor to join them in the body.

Romney has been a vocal critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: 'We have a Napoleon in the making' MORE's since the campaign trail, with a brief truce during the transition quickly crumbling. He's regularly criticized the president, most notably for Trump's remarks after a woman was killed protesting a white supremacist rally in Virginia and more recently after reports Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations as "shithole countries."

Trump made a public show of heaping praise onto Hatch as he weighed retirement in what many saw as an attempt to keep Romney out of Washington.

But Hatch ultimately decided to retire, telling reporters that Romney would be his pick to replace him. And Trump called Romney soon after to wish him well amid his deliberations about a bid for Senate.

-Updated 3:42 p.m.