McConnell Retains GOP Senate Management, Defeating Rick Scott

Mitch McConnell will retain the GOP Senate management, defeating Florida Republican Rick Scott in a Wednesday afternoon vote.

The Kentucky Republican defeated Scott 37-10, with one individual voting current, the New York Occasions reported. The workplaces of Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson confirmed to The Day by day Sign on Wednesday that they have been among the many 10 who voted for Scott.

Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee additionally confirmed to The Day by day Sign that he voted for Scott, including, “I additionally gave his seconding speech.”

Republican Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton’s workplace shared that Cotton gave the nominating speech for McConnell.

Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Mike Braun of Indiana had beforehand stated that they might vote for Scott, the primary challenger McConnell had confronted since he took on the position in 2007 who had introduced Tuesday that he could be operating in opposition to McConnell for Senate Republican chief.

“I’ve the votes,” McConnell stated in response to Scott’s announcement on Tuesday. “I will probably be elected.”

Prime Republicans had additionally pushed for delaying the GOP management elections till after the December runoff in Georgia, wherein Republican Herschel Walker is dealing with Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock after neither received a majority on Election Day.

That vote to delay the elections failed 32-16 on Wednesday.

“I’m writing to you right now as a result of I consider it’s time for the Senate Republican Convention to be way more daring and resolute than we now have been prior to now,” wrote Scott, the chairman of the Nationwide Republican Senatorial Committee, in a letter to his colleagues.

“We should begin saying what we’re for, not simply what we’re in opposition to. I don’t consider we are able to merely proceed to say the Democrats are radical, which they’re,” he continued. “Republican voters anticipate and should know our plan to advertise and advance conservative values.”

On Tuesday night, The Day by day Sign reached out to each Republican senator (besides Scott and McConnell), asking them if they might assist Scott for Senate Republican chief in opposition to McConnell.

In his letter to his GOP colleagues, Scott additionally stated:

For many who need to get severe about ending reckless authorities spending and the devastating inflation it has precipitated, lastly take motion to guard Social Safety and Medicare and protect the promise of those packages for our kids and grandchildren, maintain authorities accountable from the FBI to the IRS, actually fight the intense hazard posed by Communist China and refocus our navy on deadly protection as a substitute of woke nonsense, I ask to your assist in altering the course of the Senate and rescuing America from the harmful path Democrats have set it on.

Rob Bluey contributed to this report.

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