Moran: I have NRSC votes locked up

Sen. Jerry MoranJerry MoranSenate healthcare bill appears headed for failure The Memo: Trump tries to bend Congress to his will Tensions linger between Trump and GOP lawmakers 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 CornynThis week: ObamaCare repeal vote looms over Senate Week ahead: Senate defense bill faces delay Week ahead: Uncertainty surrounds ObamaCare repeal vote 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 CruzGOP wrestles with soaring deductibles in healthcare bill Cruz: Tax reform chances ‘drop significantly’ if healthcare fails Ex-CBO directors defend against GOP attacks on ObamaCare analysis MORE from Texas, Deb FischerDeb FischerSenate panel won’t vote on bill to boost ethanol GOP signals infrastructure bill must wait Humane Society pushes bills to connect wounded vets, service dogs MORE from Nebraska and Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeTrump slams 'sad' Republicans who won't 'protect' him Trump backers eye GOP primary challenges for Flake, Heller McCain’s primary challenger asks him to step aside after diagnosis 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 PortmanOPINION | They told us to abandon ObamaCare — then came the resistance Regulatory experts push Senate leaders for regulatory reform Conservative group to give GOP healthcare holdouts ‘Freedom Traitors Award’ 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.