By Alexander Bolton - 11/07/12 07:21 PM EST
Sen. Rob PortmanRob PortmanPortman ad ties Dem Strickland to Clinton coal comments Senate Dem PAC delaying Ohio ads Senate Dems' campaign arm pauses spending in key Ohio Senate race: report MORE (R-Ohio), one of Mitt Romney’s closest allies in the past year, is considering a bid for the chairmanship of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
If Portman decides to pursue the post, it sets up a leadership race with Sen. Jerry MoranJerry MoranMeet the rising GOP star who already enrages the left GOP warming up to Cuba travel Senate clears FAA authorization bill MORE (R-Kan.), who has been quietly lobbying his colleagues for the job.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellCDC director on Zika: 'Basically, we're out of money' Juan Williams: Trump's race politics will destroy GOP Rank-and-file Republicans fear lame-duck vote on pricey funding bill MORE (Ky.) reportedly wanted rising-star freshman Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioThe Hill’s 12:30 Report Trump at immigration crossroads Poll: Majority of GOP voters wish they chose another presidential nominee MORE (R-Fla.) to take over the NRSC, but Rubio is not interested.
A source close to Rubio said it is not likely that Rubio will make a play to succeed outgoing NRSC Chairman John CornynJohn CornynThe Hill's 12:30 Report Top Republican questions Lynch on Clinton Foundation probe Baby dies of Zika in Texas MORE (R-Texas), who is running to become Senate Republican whip.