Portman could seek NRSC chairmanship

Sen. Rob PortmanRob PortmanConquering Trump returns to conservative summit ­ObamaCare fix hinges on Medicaid clash in Senate A guide to the committees: Senate 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.

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A source close to Portman said he has been receiving calls over the past few weeks asking him to run. Portman is flattered by the attention but has not made any decision, according to the source.

If Portman decides to pursue the post, it sets up a leadership race with Sen. Jerry MoranJerry MoranYahoo reveals new details about security A guide to the committees: Senate Verizon, Yahoo slash merger deal by 0M over data breaches MORE (R-Kan.), who has been quietly lobbying his colleagues for the job.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellNew DNC chairman wastes no time going after Trump Dem 2020 hopefuls lead pack in opposing Trump Cabinet picks Though flawed, complex Medicaid block grants have fighting chance MORE (Ky.) reportedly wanted rising-star freshman Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio says town halls designed for people to 'heckle and scream' At CPAC, Trump lashes out at media Conquering Trump returns to conservative summit 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 CornynCornyn: Border wall 'makes absolutely no sense' in some areas Ryan on border: ‘We will get this done’ Ryan tours Mexican border on horseback MORE (R-Texas), who is running to become Senate Republican whip.