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Moran’s tea party cred will protect Roberts; Romney’s Kobach problem with Hispanic voters

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., is vying for the chairmanship of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which works to get more Republicans elected to the Senate.

Roll Call reported Thursday: "Moran’s boosters said his tea party appeal will help block primary challenges for potentially vulnerable Members such as Sens. Pat Roberts (Kan.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.)."

Some interesting dissection of the presidential race has focused on Mitt Romney's failure to attract Hispanic voters, and that string leads to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

According to this article in The New Republic, after Texas Gov. Rick Perry jumped into Republican Party presidential contest, Romney attacked him on the right as being soft on illegal immigration.

In January, during the Republican Party primaries, Kobach, known nationally for pushing tough anti-illegal immigration legislation, endorsed Romney and Romney praised Kobach.

"I'm so proud to earn Kris's support. Kris has been a true leader on securing our borders and stopping the flow of illegal immigration into this country. We need more conservative leaders like Kris willing to stand up for the rule of law," Romney said.

Romney even started using the same term Kobach used to describe how the Kobach-written laws were making people "self-deport."

But after winning the GOP nomination, Romney said in an interview with Univision America Radio that he had never met Kobach and his campaign described Kobach as an "informal adviser." Later, the Romney campaign said Romney and Kobach had met but not in formal policy meetings.

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

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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