Rick Scott and McConnell battle for GOP leader 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rick Scott are set to face off Wednesday over who will be the party’s leader in the Senate – in a battle that could significantly shape the party’s direction heading into 2024.

Scott, R-Fla., announced his run Tuesday in a marathon three-hour conference meeting, which senators said included significant airing of frustrations after a weak midterm showing from Senate Republicans. Scott pitched himself as the candidate of change – including taking a more aggressive policy agenda to voters.

McConnell, meanwhile, assured reporters Tuesday night that he isn’t concerned about a challenge from Scott. He also acknowledged calls from several senators to delay the leadership elections, scheduled for Wednesday morning.

“I have the votes. I will be elected,” McConnell said. “The only issue is whether we do it sooner or later. And we’ll probably have another discussion about that.”