MICHELLE L. PRICE/STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press
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.
NEW: Mitt Romney will announce his campaign for a Senate seat in Utah with a video message to supporters on Thursday, two sources close to Romney tell @NBCNews; his first in-person campaign speech will be at the Utah County Lincoln Day dinner Friday night.— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) February 14, 2018
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.