Headline RoundupNovember 16th, 2022

McConnell Reelected as GOP Senate Leader Hours After Scott Launched Challenge

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was reelected to that position by his peers on Wednesday, just hours after Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) announced a bid to challenge McConnell for Senate Republican leadership.

Key Quotes: “I believe it’s time for the Senate Republican Conference to be far more bold and resolute than we have been in the past. We must start saying what we are for, not just what we are against,” Scott wrote when announcing his challenge. At the time, McConnell told reporters, "I have the votes. I will be elected. The only issue is whether it will be sooner or later".

For Context: McConnell faced criticism after Republican underperformance in the midterm elections, with some Republican senators blaming McConnell's comments last August about the "quality" of Republican candidates. That pushback wasn't enough to sway support for him in the chamber, as he defeated Scott 37-10 in the Wednesday vote. After being reelected, McConnell is on track to be the longest serving party leader in Senate history.

How the Media Covered it: Sources across the political spectrum covered the leadership challenge, and the arguments for supporting or opposing both McConnell and Scott. Updated 11/16/22 at 1:32 p.m. ET with news of McConnell's reelection.

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