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Can Moran Lead the GOP to Majority?

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Unless another candidate emerges, Moran appears to be the only option to be National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman.

It’s been a similar case in previous cycles. Sens. Charles E. Schumer of New York and Robert Menendez of New Jersey tapped the New York City financial industry frequently when they ran the DSCC — Schumer in 2006 and 2008 and Menendez in 2010. Former Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., raised money from casinos in Las Vegas.

“The problem is sending that guy to New York, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville,” one K Street Republican and former Capitol Hill aide said. “No one knows who he is.”

A Moran spokesman did not return a request for an interview. But Moran’s allies argue that conservatives like him, so he’ll be able to navigate the committee’s tricky primary situations. After all, they say, Kansas has served as ground zero for divisive GOP primaries for the past decade.

“Kansas is not Texas from a donor base, but I think he’ll be able to pull it off,” one Moran supporter and Kansas operative said. “Some of this is just going to depend on the field. If there’s a group of candidates that Republican donors are going to get excited about it, fundraising won’t be an issue.”

A longtime lawmaker, Moran started in the Kansas Senate in 1988 and ascended to majority leader in 1995. He successfully ran for the mostly rural western Kansas House district in 1996.

Humberto Sanchez contributed to this report.

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