By Alexander Bolton - 11/07/12 07:21 PM EST
Sen. Rob PortmanRob PortmanVeep auditions in overdrive Clean energy group backs two GOP incumbents Overnight Finance: Trump threatens NAFTA withdrawal | Senate poised for crucial Puerto Rico vote | Ryan calls for UK trade deal | Senate Dems block Zika funding deal 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 MoranSenate panel approves lifting Cuba travel ban Boost in Afghan visas blocked in Senate Senate contradicts itself on Gitmo MORE (R-Kan.), who has been quietly lobbying his colleagues for the job.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellCongress fails on promises to restore regular order and stop funding by crisis Overnight Healthcare: Dems dig in over Zika funding Business groups ramp up pressure to fill Ex-Im board MORE (Ky.) reportedly wanted rising-star freshman Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio: Clinton-Lynch meeting ‘raises all sorts of red flags’ Which GOP pols will actually attend the convention? Poll: Rubio holds massive lead in primary 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 House to vote on NRA-backed gun measure Attorney general says she will defer to FBI on Clinton emails MORE (R-Texas), who is running to become Senate Republican whip.