Portman could seek NRSC chairmanship

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.

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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 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.