Sources: Mitt Romney to launch Senate campaign Thursday

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2012, file photo, then-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during the first presidential debate with President Barack Obama at the University of Denver, in Denver. Republican presidential candidates seem to be drawing this lesson from Mitt Romney’s failed 2012 campaign, don’t promise to balance the budget while cutting taxes. Romney’s vow led Democrats to accuse him of planning to effectively raise middle class taxes while dramatically cutting those for the wealthy. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is running for the Senate in Utah.

Three people with direct knowledge of the plan say Romney will formally launch his campaign in a video on Thursday. His first public appearance as a Senate candidate is scheduled for Friday in Utah. The people who provided the information asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about Romney’s plans in advance.

Romney, who is 70, is seeking to replace Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, who is retiring after more than 40 years in the U.S. Senate.

The former Massachusetts governor moved to Utah after losing the 2012 presidential election. He is considered the overwhelming favorite to win the Senate contest.

In Utah, Romney is remembered for turning around the scandal-plagued 2002 Winter Olympics.

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