Senator McConnell Reelected Senate GOP Leader
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other GOP senators speak to reporters ahead of a test vote scheduled by Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York on the bipartisan infrastructure deal senators brokered with President Joe Biden, in Washington, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) – 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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