McConnell prevails in Senate GOP leadership contest – JP


McConnell, who had spoken before the midterm election of concerns about “candidate quality,” expounded on that point Tuesday afternoon.

“We underperformed among independents and moderates because their impression of many of the people in our party in leadership roles is that they’re involved in chaos, negativity, excessive attacks,” the Kentucky Republican said. “And it frightened independent and moderate Republican voters, and we saw that, which is why you all recall I never predicted a red wave. We never saw that in any of our polling in the states that we were counting on to win.”

The next leader of the NRSC is expected to be Sen. Steve Daines, a Montana Republican, who will enter the role with what looks on paper to be a favorable map for 2024 when his Democratic colleague from the Big Sky state, Jon Tester, is up for reelection. Daines said ahead of Wednesday’s votes that he did not expect any challengers for the campaign post, and that he would be supporting McConnell for another term as minority leader.

Tuesday’s extended conference lunch gave Republican senators a chance to voice concerns about a midterm election that did not go to their liking, though Scott’s announcement of a challenge to McConnell came rather late in the meeting.

“So the truth is, is that independent voters who voted for President Obama and then turned and voted for President Trump — so true independents and they don’t approve of the job Joe Biden is doing, many of them stayed home rather than vote from Republicans,” Hawley, who said he would not support McConnell, told reporters. “That should actually tell us something as Republicans.”

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