Mitt Romney Offered a Clue He’s Running for Senate in Utah on Twitter

Interesting timing, Mitt.

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Now that Orrin Hatch has announced he won’t seek reelection this year, the time is nigh for us to learn if Mitt Romney will follow through on his long-rumored plans to run for Senate in Utah.

If there was any doubt at all about the former Massachusetts governor intentions, he offered a pretty significant tell on Twitter Tuesday night, just hours after Hatch, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate and an effusive ally of Donald Trump, made his announcement. As a few savvy Twitter users noted, including Sahil Kapur at Bloomberg News, Romney has changed his location on the site from “Massachusetts” to Holladay, Utah, where he owns a mansion near the Wasatch mountain range. He also has homes in Park City, San Diego, and New Hampshire, though he does not seem to own a place in Mass. currently, having sold his Belmont home in 2014. His son Tagg still owns a home there.

His prospects of winning in Utah look exceedingly good, if you ask the pollsters at FiveThirtyEight. Polling suggests Romney—a Mormon and Brigham Young University alum whose family has a long history in Utah—is incredibly well-liked in the state.

Meanwhile, Romney has still not said one way or the other if he’s running. He offered a message of thanks to Hatch on Facebook on Tuesday, but nothing more. But he (or probably more accurately, his staff) seems suddenly very concerned about where Twitter followers see him planting his flag.