Portman could seek NRSC chairmanship

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.

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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 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.