(CNN) - Sen. John Cornyn is expected Tuesday to formally make a bid for another two years as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
GOP sources confirm to CNN that the Texas Republican will put his name up for nomination for re-election as NRSC chairman, as the Senate Republican Conference meets behind closed doors. According to the sources, the two-term senator is not expected to face any opposition in his bid to remain as NRSC chairman, and has already secured the support of a number of new Republican Senators, including Marco Rubio of Florida, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Rob Portman of Ohio, and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.
While some conservatives have criticized Cornyn for not doing enough this election cycle to help candidates backed by Tea Party activists, he's won applause for his fundraising and for netting seven Senate seats this year. Under Cornyn's watch, Republican Scott Brown won a special election in January in Massachusetts to fill the final two years of the term of the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, and the GOP picked up another six Senate seats in this month's midterm elections.
The Democrats' current 59 to 41 majority in the Senate will be trimmed to 53 to 47 come the new Congress in January. Right now GOP prospects for winning back control of the chamber in 2012 look realistic, as Democrats will be defending 23 of the 33 seats up for grabs.
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