By Alexander Bolton - 11/07/12 07:21 PM EST
Sen. Rob PortmanRob PortmanUnion group backs GOP Sen. Portman in Ohio race Dem ad blasts Indiana senate candidate on Social Security The Trail 2016: Trump’s big night 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 McConnellProgressive group changes tone on Kaine Trump hits Kaine on TPP: He supports a 'job killer' Clinton maps out first 100 days MORE (Ky.) reportedly wanted rising-star freshman Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioReport: Abuse allegations against Florida Dem stretch back decades Clinton brings in the heavy hitters Guess which Cuban-American 2016 candidate best set themselves up for 2020? 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 CornynGOP senators to donors: Stick with us regardless of Trump Hopes dim for mental health deal Overnight Finance: Senate punts on Zika funding | House panel clears final spending bill | Biz groups press Treasury on tax rules | Obama trade rep confident Pacific deal passes this year MORE (R-Texas), who is running to become Senate Republican whip.