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 YoungGOP senators propose bill to pay 'excepted' workers during shutdown Trump's military moves accelerate GOP search for next McCain Kevin McLaughlin tapped to serve as NRSC executive director for 2020 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 McConnellSenate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees McConnell blocks bill to reopen most of government Overnight Health Care: Thousands more migrant children may have been separated | Senate rejects bill to permanently ban federal funds for abortion | Women's March to lobby for 'Medicare for All' 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 RomneyDem leaders avert censure vote against Steve King GOP reasserts NATO support after report on Trump’s wavering House vote fails to quell storm surrounding Steve King 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 TrumpShutdown puts dozens of federal transportation safety probes on hold Howard Schultz advisers exploring possible 2020 independent bid: report Special counsel issues rare statement disputing BuzzFeed's Cohen report MORE took office.

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