Thursday, November 8, 2012

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

By SCOTT ROTHSCHILD, The Lawrence Journal-World

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.