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Republicans interested in Romney leading NRSC: report

Republicans interested in Romney leading NRSC: report
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Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyPoll: Support growing for Utah's Medicaid expansion ballot measure Arizona Dems hope higher Latino turnout will help turn the state blue Trump changes tone on Saudi Arabia amid mounting pressure MORE hasn't announced whether he's running for Senate yet, but Republicans are already considering him as the next head of their fundraising arm, according to a report in The Atlantic.

In a fundraising call with a GOP donor this week, the National Republican Senatorial Committee's current chairman, Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerElection Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue Democrats must end mob rule GOP senators praise Haley as 'powerful' and 'unafraid' MORE (R-Colo.), reportedly said that he "liked Romney" as a possible successor.

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A source close to Romney speculated to the publication that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMeghan McCain calls Russian attacks against her father the 'highest compliment' to her family Schumer: Fight for Senate is 'neck and neck' Nikki Haley powerfully rebuts Trump MORE (R-Ky.) had already thrown his support behind the idea, and went further, saying McConnell was likely the one pushing it.

A spokesperson for McConnell told The Atlantic that they were unaware of any conversations Gardner has had with Romney.

"I was not on any Gardner calls yesterday and am therefore unaware of any conversations he may have had,” the spokesperson said.

Romney has not made an official campaign announcement, but was rumored for months to be considering a run to succeed retiring Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchGOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia Congress should work with Trump and not 'cowboy' on Saudi Arabia, says GOP senator US to open trade talks with Japan, EU, UK MORE (R-Utah), who announced his retirement in early January.

Hatch has already named Romney as his favored replacement, saying it would be a "great thing for America" for Romney to join the Senate.

"I've expressed interest to him," Hatch said last year. "I can see why he might not want to do it, but I can also see why if he did it, it would be a great thing for America."

The former Massachusetts governor has reportedly told insiders that he is running, and on Thursday tweeted that he would make his official announcement concerning the Utah Senate race on Feb. 15.

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