Todd Young launches bid for Senate Republican campaign chief

Todd Young launches bid for Senate Republican campaign chief
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Indiana Sen. Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: BIO's Michelle McMurry-Heath says 400 projects started in 16 weeks in biotech firms to fight virus, pandemic unemployment total tops 43 million Is the 'endless frontier' at an end? Hillicon Valley: House FISA bill in jeopardy | Democrats drop controversial surveillance measure | GOP working on legislation to strip Twitter of federal liability protections MORE (R) has reportedly launched a bid to chair the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Senate GOP's campaign arm.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Young says that he is "excited" for the opportunity to help Republicans cement their Senate majority, and said that his bid is supported by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Energy: US Park Police say 'tear gas' statements were 'mistake' | Trump to reopen area off New England coast for fishing | Vulnerable Republicans embrace green issues The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump juggles three crises ahead of November election Vulnerable Republicans embrace green issues in battle to save seats MORE (R-Ky.).

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to be of service to my colleagues,” Young told the AP. “The committee did a lot to help my campaign back in 2016, and I think I can do a lot to make sure we defend and strengthen the Republican majority.”

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Young does not currently face any announced opponents for the position, but Republicans were privately talking as early as February about the job potentially going to incoming Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyEx-Joint Chiefs chairman: Trump threat to use military on protesters 'very dangerous' Ex-Defense secretary criticizes Trump for using military for 'partisan political purposes' Biden: Probably '10 to 15 percent' of Americans 'are just not very good people' MORE (R-Utah).

The next Senate election cycle will see Republicans defending more than 20 incumbent senators, a reverse from the favorable map the GOP faced in 2018.

“I certainly acknowledge that the map has changed considerably when we look to the next cycle,” Young added in the interview. “We are likely defending 22 incumbents.”

Young was already reportedly in talks earlier this year to helm the NRSC, as Republicans view the Indiana senator as a strong campaigner following his defeat of Evan Bayh in 2016.

Bayh initially led Young in polls by as much as 20 points. His defeat allowed the GOP to hold on to a slim majority in the Senate as President TrumpDonald John TrumpTwitter CEO: 'Not true' that removing Trump campaign video was illegal, as president has claimed Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Barr says he didn't give 'tactical' command to clear Lafayette protesters MORE took office.

Requests for comment from The Hill to Young and McConnell's offices were not immediately answered.