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Wicker, Heller Both in for NRSC Chairman

Wicker in interested in the NRSC chairmanship. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., is joining Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., in the race to chair the National Republican Senatorial Committee in the 2016 cycle.  

Wicker confirmed his interest late last night at a GOP election night watch party in Union Station, as Republicans secured the majority for the first time in eight years.  

“I’d like to try,” Wicker told CQ Roll Call. “It’s going to be a tough cycle.” Wicker noted that 24 of his Republican colleagues will face re-election, a daunting number compared with the 10 seats Democrats are defending.  

Heller’s office confirmed he has also thrown his hat into the ring, as expected. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Heller is beginning to make calls.  

Sen.-elect Steve Daines, R-Mont., may also be interested in the post, according to one source, but his campaign hasn’t returned a phone call seeking comment.  

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