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Republicans have begun questioning leaders of the party after midterm elections that failed to produce a Republican “red wave” that had been anticipated by almost all points on the political spectrum.
Some Republicans have identified Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rick Scott of Florida as figures deserving blame in the GOP’s inability to gain a Senate majority. As thing stand, Democrats will maintain at least 50 seats in a tied chamber where Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris casts the tie-breaking vote.
Democrats could have an outright majority of 51 seats in the Senate if Georgia incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock staves off a challenge from Republican Herschel Walker in the December runoff election, which is necessary after neither candidate won 50 percent of the vote in the general election.
As Fox News reported Nov. 8, the Senate Leadership Fund, a McConnell-allied political action committee, pulled $8 million it had planned to spend in the Arizona Senate race after Blake Masters, a candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump, won the Republican Senate primary.
Incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly defeated Masters by 5 percentage points, Fox reported Friday.
Masters slammed McConnell for going AWOL from Arizona in a Friday interview on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
The McConnell-controlled PAC canceled $8 dollars in ad buys months before the election — all the while it funded attack ads on a Republican who was challenging incumbent Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
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