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Republican Leader McConnell to Step Down as Senate Republican Leader Following November Midterm Elections

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced on the Senate floor that he is stepping down from Senate Republican leadership in November, ending his history-setting tenure as longest serving Senate party leader. McConnell said he plans on serving out the remainder of his term, which ends in January 2027 and will continue to lead his conference through this year’s election.

McConnell’s retirement from leadership sets the stage for an intense competition to replace him, with Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-SD), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), and Senate Republican Conference Chair John Barrasso (R-WY) expected to vie for the top job.

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