WATCH: GOP senators urge Romney to run for Senate

Several Republican senators are urging former Gov. Mitt Romney (R) to run for Utah's open Senate seat this year.

"Run Mitt, run," Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) told The Hill when asked about a Romney bid to fill the seat being vacated by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the chamber's longest serving member.
Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyIn-space refueling vs heavy lift? NASA and SpaceX choose both Budget deal sparks scramble to prevent shutdown Trump border fight throws curveball into shutdown prospects MORE (R-Ala.) said Romney "would bring another strong dimension to the Senate and a lot of leadership qualities, so I hope he will run, I would encourage him to run."

Asked if the former 2012 GOP presidential nominee would face hurdles in Utah's primary contest, including a possible challenge by Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah), Flake shook his head no.

"Mitt will run, I think, without real opposition," Flake said, adding that he met with Romney over the weekend and "I hope he runs."
Romney praised Hatch following his announcement that he would retire at the end of his current term. Hatch later said that Romney would have his support should he seek his seat.