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McConnell Is Re-Elected to Lead Senate GOP, Overcoming Party Revolt

  • Challenge from Scott of Florida turned aside in closed vote
  • GOP leaders grappling with deep divides over party’s direction
Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell

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Mitch McConnell overcame an eleventh-hour challenge and a revolt by some Republicans frustrated with the GOP’s unexpectedly poor showing in the midterms to win reelection as his party’s leader in the US Senate. 

McConnell, an 80-year-old Kentucky lawmaker known as an adept tactician and a hard-nosed partisan, prevailed Wednesday over Senator Rick Scott of Florida, who was in charge of his party’s campaign apparatus in the midterms and announced his candidacy for the minority leader job the day before.