Moran: I have NRSC votes locked up

Sen. Jerry MoranJerry MoranWeek ahead: Obama's CIA chief to testify on Russia probe IT modernization bill passes House Cost of key cyber bill drops by billions after revisions 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 CornynGOP senators knock Trump's budget proposal McCain: Trump's budget 'dead on arrival' Trump releases budget that slashes government programs 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 talks of narrowing ‘blue-slip’ rule for judges Abortion poses hurdle for Senate healthcare bill Senator's photo spurs caption contest MORE from Texas, Deb FischerDeb FischerUpdated fuel regulations would modernize options at gas pumps McConnell promises women can take part in healthcare meetings Ethanol fight complicates push to repeal Obama drilling rule MORE from Nebraska and Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeGOP talks of narrowing ‘blue-slip’ rule for judges Republicans consumed by Trump-Comey saga Senate panel approves bill allowing some border patrol agents to skip polygraphs 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 PortmanGOP senators knock Trump's budget proposal Technology's role in human trafficking cannot be ignored Conservative groups press Senate on ObamaCare repeal 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.