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 YoungOvernight Defense: Senate breaks with Trump on Yemen war | Shanahan hit with ethics complaint over Boeing ties | Pentagon rolls out order to implement transgender ban | Dem chair throws cold water on Space Force budget Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi-led war in Yemen GOP senators introduce bill to rein in president's emergency powers 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 McConnellTrump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral GOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' McConnell calls McCain a 'rare patriot' and 'American hero' after Trump criticism 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 RomneyGOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump feuds heat up Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar 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 mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE took office.

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