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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Nov. 9, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) – A growing chorus of Republican senators and conservative voices are calling to delay elections for the party’s next Senate leader, a sign of discontent with current Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in light of the GOP’s failure to retake the chamber in last week’s midterm elections.

Fox News reported that Sens. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio of Florida, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Mike Lee of Utah, Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, and Josh Hawley of Missouri have all called for waiting to vote on the matter until after Georgia’s runoff election takes place December 6.

That race could give Republican Herschel Walker the opportunity to weigh in on the matter if he wins. A Walker victory would preserve the Senate’s current 50-50 split (which favors Democrats as they also hold the White House); a loss would give Democrats a 51-seat majority.

Cruz went much further, declaring that the “rage Americans are feeling across this country, the rage that I’m feeling, there are almost no words to describe it, because this opportunity was screwed up. It was screwed up badly, and the people that are gonna pay the price are the American people.”

McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund (SLF) super PAC pulled funding for ads supporting Arizona Republican candidate Blake Masters, Cruz noted, “because Masters said he would vote against Mitch McConnell. Mitch would rather be leader than have a Republican majority. If there’s a Republican who can win who’s not going to support Mitch, the truth of the matter, is he rather the Democrat win.

“Everybody bears some of the blame,” the Texas conservative added, but it would be “insane if we re-elect the same leadership two days from now.”

Fox also reported that 59 conservative activists – including Conservative Political Action Conference chair Matt Schlapp, FreedomWorks president Adam Brandon, Heritage Foundation president Kevin Roberts, former Sen. Jim DeMint, Club for Growth president David McIntosh, former Trump administration Office of Management & Budget Director Russell Vought, former Rep. Steve King, Ginni Thomas, former Trump attorney Jenna Ellis, and Conservative Action Project Chairman J. Kenneth Blackwell – signed an open letter arguing for a delay.

“The Republican Party needs leaders who will confidently and skillfully present a persuasive coherent vision of who we are, what we stand for, and what we will do,” they said. “Many current elections are still undecided. There should be no rushed leadership elections. Conservative Members of the House and Senate have called for the leadership elections to be delayed. We strongly urge both Houses of Congress to postpone the formal Leadership elections until after the December 6 runoff in Georgia and all election results are fully decided.”

Despite such discontent, Republican leadership elections remain scheduled for November 15 in the House and Nov. 16 in the Senate. Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Tom Cotton of Arkansas say they support McConnell, whom 81% of registered voters view unfavorably, according to Civiqs.

For months, many on both sides predicted a “red wave” of discontent with the Biden administration would sweep Republicans into strong majorities of both chambers of Congress; instead, the GOP barely secured a narrow majority in the House of Representatives and Democrats kept their thin hold on the Senate.

Many possible factors have been identified as potentially contributing to Republicans’ underperformance, with competing factions of the conservative movement currently holding fierce online debates as to which are most to blame.

Among them are McConnell’s aforementioned lack of financial support for certain candidates; former President Donald Trump redirecting midterm donations to his own organization instead of midterm candidates and his elevation of questionable candidates in Republican primaries; Democrats themselves funding weaker GOP candidates in GOP primaries; potential election fraud and Democrats’ effective harvesting of early votes and mail ballots; establishment Republicans failing to offer a compelling contrast to Democrats over the last two years; and the long-term results of left-wing bias in media and education.


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