Rick Scott running to chair Senate GOP campaign arm

Rick Scott running to chair Senate GOP campaign arm
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Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) is running to chair the Senate Republican campaign arm, a spokesperson for the senator confirmed to The Hill.  

Scott, who joined the Senate in 2019 after serving eight years as Florida's governor, is so far the only GOP senator known to be running for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) chairmanship. 

Senate Republicans are poised to hold their leadership elections next week, though which party will control the chamber won't be clear until Jan. 5 when Georgia will hold two runoff elections. 


Scott, who has deep pockets and ties throughout the party, has long been viewed as interested in helming the NRSC and is viewed as a potential 2024 presidential contender. 

A Washington Post interview in November 2018 noted that when asked about chairing the NRSC Scott "sounded open to it," while not ruling it in or out. Sen. Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungTo meet the US innovation challenge, keep NSF's mission intact America can build back better through fair and open competition GOP senator supports 'diplomatic boycott' of 2022 Olympics in Beijing MORE (R-Ind.) ultimately chaired the NRSC during the 2020 cycle. 

If Scott is elected to chair the Senate campaign arm — Senate leadership elections take place behind closed doors and then are publicly announced — he will oversee a map where at least 21 GOP seats will be up. If GOP Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerGeorgia Republican secretary of state hits Loeffler as 'weak,' 'fake Trumper' Loeffler asks Georgia attorney general to investigate Raffensperger over 2020 election Former Rep. Doug Collins won't enter Georgia Senate race MORE (R-Ga.) wins a runoff election in early July, that would give Republicans 22 seats to defend in November 2022. 

Democrats, by comparison, will only be defending 12 seats.  

Republicans are poised to hold between 50 to 52 Senate seats in January, depending on the outcome of the two Georgia runoffs. 

Republicans who will be up for reelection include Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiPollster Frank Luntz: 'I would bet on' Trump being 2024 GOP nominee Trump muddles Republican messaging on Afghanistan Trump drama divides GOP, muddling message MORE (Alaska), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanStrengthen CBP regulations to reduce opioid deaths House panel advances bipartisan retirement savings bill Democrats confront difficult prospects for midterms MORE (Ohio), Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as White House continues to push vaccination effort Overnight Health Care: WHO-backed Covax gets a boost from Moderna Vaccine hesitancy among lawmakers slows return to normalcy on Capitol Hill MORE (Wis.) and Scott's fellow Floridian Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioDemocrats cool on Crist's latest bid for Florida governor Tim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  MORE.  

Republicans will also be trying to hold onto seats in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeySasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote Philly GOP commissioner on censures: 'I would suggest they censure Republican elected officials who are lying' Toomey censured by several Pennsylvania county GOP committees over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.) announced last month that he would retire instead of seeking reelection and Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrBattle lines drawn over Biden's support for vaccine waivers FDA unveils plan to ban menthol cigarettes, flavored cigars The Hill's Morning Report - Biden to country: 'Turning peril into possibility' MORE (R-N.C.) has previously pledged to retire.