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Moran says he has enough votes to become chair of National Republican Senatorial Committee

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Roll Call reports that U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., says he has enough support to become the next chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

"I have a sufficient number of commitments that if the election is held, I would be successful in becoming the chair," Moran was quoted as saying. link text

The current chairman, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, cannot run the committee for a third term.

Roll Call also said U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, is considering running for the position.

Tuesday's U.S. Senate elections were a disappointment to Republican officials. Some had thought the GOP had a chance of winning a majority of seats, but they lost two, giving Democrats a a 55-45 edge, which includes two independent senators who caucus with the Democrats.

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Steve Jacob 1 year, 8 months ago

I thought the Senate was a bigger disaster for Republicans then the Obama win. They ended up with dogs winning primaries (Aken, Mourdock), couldn't take seats vacated by Dems in Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Virginia, and could not knock out Tester in Montana.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 8 months ago

Boehner's statement sounded to me to be saying that he's willing to compromise-- as long as it's done on Republican terms. Nothing has changed.

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OzD 1 year, 8 months ago

Cornyn cannot run for a third term, couldn't run the committee during his second term. Don't forget Nevada and Delaware in 2010, what an avoidable mess! The NRSC wants to stay out of picking winners in primaries, but at some point they are going to have to decide if they want to avoid starting fights in primaries, or if they want a majority in the Senate. I don't blame Cornyn for losing MA and ME though, I think those loses are on Mitch's minority leadership.

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Bob Forer 1 year, 8 months ago

Nobody else wants it. Mario Rubio said no when asked by Romney. He saw the writing on the wall. Moran, however, is enough of an opportunist that he is blind to the disaster facing the republican party.

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