U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (CHAY'-fihtz) of Utah says he is seeking a third term in Congress instead of challenging incumbent and fellow Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch.
Chaffetz says during a Monday news conference on the University of Utah campus that he decided against a Senate run. The decision comes after hinting for months that he planned to challenge Hatch.
The 77-year-old Hatch has been pushing to gather support among tea party Republicans because of the possible challenge from Chaffetz and others. In 2010, tea party members led the way in sacking longtime conservative Sen. Robert Bennett at a party convention.
Hatch has more than $3 million in his campaign account, and recent statewide polls have shown him with a nearly double-digit lead over Chaffetz.