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Utah governor declines to say if he'll run for re-election

Utah governor declines to say if he'll run for re-election (File photo: KUTV)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Though Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has said he won't run for re-election in 2020, he appears to be toying with the idea after joking about seeking another term and refusing to clarify his comments.

The Republican governor was asked if he'd run for re-election during a news conference on KUED-TV Thursday. Herbert said it's a little early to make that decision and joked about running for Congress or consulting with Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, who is considering re-election despite pledging he wouldn't run again.

When asked to clarify his comments, Herbert declined, saying with a laugh that, "Politicians are always clear."

His office declined to comment further.

Herbert won another four-year term in November and said this term would be his last. He has been in office since 2009.


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