Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) received 37 “yes” votes from Senate Republicans, securing his reelection as GOP Leader. Ten Republicans voted for Florida Rep. Rick Scott. McConnell will likely become the longest-serving Senate party leader as a result of the reelection.
“I don’t own this job,” McConnell told reporters after the vote. “Anybody who wants to run for it can feel free to do so. So I’m not in any way offended by having an opponent or having a few votes in opposition.” ... Just seven percent of voters view McConnell favorably, while 81 percent view him unfavorably, Wednesday polling revealed. ... The GOP Senate leadership election also included additional races. McConnell’s leadership team will now be Sen. John Thune (R-SD) as Minority Whip, John Barrasso (R-WY) as Conference Chair, Joni Ernst (R-IA) as Senate Republican Policy Committee Chair, Steve Daines (R-MT) as NRSC Chair, and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) as Conference Vice Chair.