Sen. Thune to seek reelection as Republican Conference chairman

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Cornyn had previously served as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). Thune had reportedly been considering a challenge to Cornyn for the whip spot.

Prior to serving as Conference chairman, Thune served as vice chairman of the Conference and also was chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee. 

Meanwhile, the race to become the next chairman of the NRSC has begun to heat up. Sen. Jerry MoranJerry MoranHigher education involvement benefits unmanned aircraft systems safety and innovation Overnight Finance: McConnell fast-tracks IRS bills; WH pushes free college tuition The Trail 2016: New Trump same as the old MORE (R-Kan.) is running for the job and Sen. Rob PortmanRob PortmanTrump ticket looms over vulnerable GOP senators Poll: Government not doing enough to fight drug abuse Koch network super-PAC launches ad buys in Wisconsin, Nevada MORE (R-Ohio) is also considering a bid.

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