Moran: I have NRSC votes locked up

Sen. Jerry MoranJerry MoranYahoo reveals new details about security A guide to the committees: Senate Verizon, Yahoo slash merger deal by 0M over data breaches 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 CornynGovernors: Trump says he's crafting his own ObamaCare plan Senate's No. 2 Republican pushing gun bill After meeting with Trump, governors say he's crafting his own ObamaCare plan 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 CruzDem senator: Confirm Gorsuch, Garland simultaneously THE MEMO: Trump takes the fight to Congress Brietbart CEO reveals that Trump donors are part owners MORE from Texas, Deb FischerDeb FischerFive takeaways from the Scott Pruitt emails A guide to the committees: Senate GOP considers ways to ‘modernize’ endangered species law MORE from Nebraska and Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeDem senator pushes back against GOP efforts to rescind internet privacy rules Dem super PAC ads pressure GOP senators to back independent Russia probe Week ahead: Net neutrality supporters rally on rule's second anniversary 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 PortmanConquering Trump returns to conservative summit ­ObamaCare fix hinges on Medicaid clash in Senate A guide to the committees: Senate 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.