Portman could seek NRSC chairmanship

Sen. Rob PortmanRob PortmanHillary gives Bernie cool reception at Trump inaugural lunch GOP governors defend Medicaid expansion Senators introduce dueling miners bills 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 MoranOvernight Tech: Tech listens for clues at Sessions hearing | EU weighs expanding privacy rule | Senators blast Backpage execs Senate rejects Paul's balanced budget Republicans add three to Banking Committee MORE (R-Kan.), who has been quietly lobbying his colleagues for the job.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellSenate confirms first nominees of Trump era The new Washington elite schmoozes over lunch Trump takes first official acts at signing ceremony MORE (Ky.) reportedly wanted rising-star freshman Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioGOP, Dems hear different things from Trump Senate committee to vote Monday on Tillerson Tillerson met with top State official: report 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 CornynSenate confirms first nominees of Trump era The new Washington elite schmoozes over lunch Top GOP senator warns of weekend work on Trump nominees MORE (R-Texas), who is running to become Senate Republican whip.