By Alexander Bolton - 11/07/12 08:14 PM EST
Sen. Jerry MoranJerry MoranOvernight Finance: McConnell fast-tracks IRS bills; WH pushes free college tuition The Trail 2016: New Trump same as the old GOP lawmaker passes on Kansas Senate primary challenge MORE (R-Kan.) says he has locked up enough commitments from colleagues to win the chairmanship of the National Republican Senatorial Committee after Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenate GOP hardening stance against emergency funding for Zika Cornyn: Trump could 'change the electoral map' Durbin: Iran amendment could kill energy bill MORE (R-Texas) steps down from the post.
Moran said he has met in person over the past six months with every sitting Republican senator who will be casting a ballot in next week’s leadership election. Moran has also spoken to the three Republican senators-elect: Ted CruzTed CruzObama makes joke at Cruz's expense The Trail 2016: The establishment comes around Cruz signs copy of 'Communist Manifesto' MORE from Texas, Deb FischerDeb FischerSenate panel clears 'Internet of Things' bill Democrats block energy spending bill over Iran amendment GOP lawmakers vie for convention power MORE from Nebraska and Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeMcCain fundraiser faces felony drug charges in Arizona Rubio blocks Mexico ambassador nominee after talk of deal Senate votes to increase wind energy funding MORE from Arizona.
“I have talked to all of my colleagues present and future and have had a sufficient number of commitments that I would be elected to chair the NRSC,” Moran said in a telephone interview.
Moran could face a challenge from Sen. Rob PortmanRob PortmanJohn Bolton PAC pours more cash into GOP campaigns Dem campaign arm: Poll numbers slipping for vulnerable Republicans GOP senator jokingly calls Sherrod Brown 'Mr. Vice President' MORE (R-Ohio). A source close to Portman said he has received calls from colleagues urging him to run for the position but has not made a decision yet.