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 YoungSenators pressure Trump to help end humanitarian crisis in Kashmir Congress set for chaotic fall sprint Overnight Defense: Senate fails to override Trump veto on Saudi arms sales | Two US troops killed in Afghanistan | Senators tee up nominations, budget deal ahead of recess 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 McConnellToomey on gun reform: 'Beto O'Rourke is not helping' Election meddling has become the new normal of US diplomacy DC statehood push faces long odds despite record support 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 RomneyRomney: Trump asking Ukraine to investigate political rival 'would be troubling in the extreme' Bolton replacement inherits tough challenges — including Trump Bipartisan group of senators urges FDA to pull most e-cigarettes immediately 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 TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' MORE took office.

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