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 McConnellMcCain: Trump's withdrawal from TPP a 'serious mistake' Panel to vote on Trump’s Transportation nominee Tuesday This week: Congressional Republicans prepare to huddle with Trump MORE (Ky.) reportedly wanted rising-star freshman Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioCommittee to vote on Zinke, Perry nominations Tuesday GOP senator floats eliminating the corporate income tax The Hill's 12:30 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 CornynSessions can put the brakes on criminal justice “reform” This week: Congressional Republicans prepare to huddle with Trump GOP eyes new push to break up California court MORE (R-Texas), who is running to become Senate Republican whip.