"I look forward to meeting Utahns in all 29 counties and doing something Orrin Hatch has not done in a long time: listening to the concerns of Utahns and making sure their voices are heard loud and clear," Wilson said.
Hatch said in 2012 he was making his final run for the Senate, though he has since walked that back, saying that President Donald Trump, fellow senators and supporters are urging him to seek re-election since he is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and in a strong position to help Utah and rework the U.S. tax code.
Hatch's spokesman Matt Whitlock said Monday that Hatch hasn't officially declared whether he's running.
"Sen. Hatch's leadership role puts him at the center of the most critical debates in Washington, including health care and tax reform," Whitlock said. "With all the problems Utahns sent him here to solve, the 2018 election cycle has not been top of mind. While he intends to run, he has not yet reached a final decision and hopes to by the end of the year. But should the senator decide to run, he will win."
And Hatch has a large campaign kitty waiting should he make another bid. He raised more than a million dollars in the past quarter and has $4.1 million cash on hand. Wilson's campaign says 727 people have donated a total of $139,328 to her bid.
In 1982, Ted Wilson ran the most competitive race of any Democrat since Hatch narrowly defeated three-term Sen. Ted Moss in 1976, but Wilson still lost by a landslide: 57 percent to 41 percent.
A Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll conducted in January found that 78 percent of Utahns — nearly 8 of 10 voters — opposed another bid by Hatch.