Rick Scott will challenge McConnell for leadership of U.S. Senate Republicans, Axios reports By Reuters

© Reuters. U.S. Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) arrives to speak to reporters with GOP leadership following the Senate Republicans weekly policy lunch at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., September 7, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Senator Rick Scott will challenge current U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell for leadership of Senate Republicans in an election on Wednesday, he said on Tuesday.

Republicans are expecting to hold a vote to pick their party leader on Wednesday morning. McConnell, who has served in the role since he became the Republican leader in 2007, is seeking to become the longest-serving party leader in the chamber.

Scott announced to his colleagues at Tuesday’s lunch that he was challenging McConnell for the post, his spokesman said. He also sent colleagues a letter outlining his reasons for the challenge.

“I understand that I won’t gain the support of every member of our Conference, but we all have a clear choice to make. If you simply want to stick with the status quo, don’t vote for me,” Scott wrote. “I humbly ask for your vote as your next Republican leader.”

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