Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will announce Thursday that he's running for the Utah Senate seat held by retiring Orrin Hatch, three people with direct knowledge of the plan confirmed Wednesday.
The former Republican presidential candidate will release an online video Thursday announcing he's running for the seat. His first public appearance as a Senate candidate will be Friday night at a county Republican party dinner in Provo.
Those with knowledge of the plans spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.
Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and one of the most famous Mormons, is expected to easily win the Senate seat in Utah, which is heavily Mormon.
The 70-year-old Republican moved to Utah after losing the 2012 presidential election and is very popular in the state. He helped turn around the scandal-plagued 2002 Winter Olympics and has earned broad respect in the state.
In addition to his instant