U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell wins re-election as Republican leader

Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell won reelection as Senate GOP leader, fending off a challenge from Florida Sen. Rick Scott, setting himself up to become the longest-serving party leader in the history of the Senate.

CNN Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju tweeted Wednesday afternoon the final vote by the caucus was 37-10-1.

“The Kentucky Chamber congratulates Leader McConnell on again being overwhelmingly selected to lead the Republican caucus in the U.S. Senate. In this role, Leader McConnell continuously puts Kentucky on a national stage and prioritizes the well-being of the citizens and businesses of the Commonwealth. We thank Leader McConnell for being an unwavering supporter of Kentucky businesses and applaud his re-election,” said Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Ashli Watts.

The leadership election comes after it was determined Sunday that Democrats will maintain control of the U.S. Senate following victory in the Nevada race. There is still one race remaining that will determine the final numbers in the Senate as Georgia will have a runoff election in December 6. That election will decide whether the Senate is 51-49 with Democratic control or 50-50, in which case Vice President Kamala Harris holds the tiebreaking vote for the party.

Stay tuned to The Bottom Line for more on the Congressional races.

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