The U.S. Senate Republican caucus met Wednesday to elect its leadership, choosing to keep Mitch McConnell as the GOP leader despite his strongest challenge to date from Florida Sen. Rick Scott.
The challenge reflects the turmoil in the party after Republican candidates failed to perform to expectations in the midterms last week.
Alabama’s newest Senator Katie Britt said the debate is good for the party.
“Our incoming freshman class of Republican senators represents the kind of fresh blood needed to help get our country back on the right track, and I’m going to bring that perspective to our caucus every single day,” said Katie Britt. “I believe that having this spirited internal debate on how we can best fight to put American families first and defend our conservative values is good for our party and good for our country. Now, it’s time to move forward together as a united front determined to do everything in our power to stop President Biden and his congressional allies from crushing hardworking Alabamians and Americans even further. The first step, and where our full focus must be, is helping Herschel Walker win in Georgia.”
The Georgia Senate seat is the only race left in the Senate as neither Walker nor Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock reached the 50 percent threshold to avoid a runoff. If Walker wins, the Senate would be an even split between Democrats and Republicans, although Democrats would maintain control with the Vice President able to serve as tiebreaker.