Rick Scott and McConnell battle for GOP leader as senators stew after midterms: ‘Lot of frustration’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rick Scott are set to face off Wednesday over who will be the party’s leader in the Senate – in a battle that could significantly shape the party’s direction heading into 2024.

Scott, R-Fla., announced his run Tuesday in a marathon three-hour conference meeting, which senators said included significant airing of frustrations after a weak midterm showing from Senate Republicans. Scott pitched himself as the candidate of change – including taking a more aggressive policy agenda to voters.

“I’m writing to you today because I believe it’s time for the Senate Republican Conference

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