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McConnell reelected Senate GOP leader; Scott's bid rejected

J. Scott Applewhite/AP
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrives as Senate Republicans gather in the historic Old Senate Chamber for debate as they choose their leadership, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., an ally of former President Donald Trump, is challenging longtime GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has been reelected as Republican leader, quashing a challenge from Sen. Rick Scott of Florida.

Scott was the Senate GOP campaign chief, and he has been criticized over his party’s midterm election failures. Republican senators met privately Wednesday behind closed doors at the Capitol. They first rejected an attempt to delay the leadership choice until after the Senate runoff election in Georgia next month. The renegade bid from Scott came amid fallout from the midterms, when Republicans failed to take the Senate majority. McConnell easily swatted back Scott's challenge.

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