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Scott loses bid for GOP Senate Leader; McConnell is reelected

Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks in Fort Lauderdale in May.
J. Pat Carter
Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks in Fort Lauderdale in May.

Sen. Rick Scott has lost his last-minute bid on to become the next GOP Senate leader.

The Senate Republican Conference voted 10-37 on Wednesday to reelect Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Scott announced his challenge on Tuesday, a week after Republicans failed to win a majority in the Senate. Scott, who chairs of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, has some power when it comes to helping GOP candidates get elected.

In a statement issued after the vote, Scott vowed to continue fighting for change in Washington. Scott, who served two terms as governor of Florida, said he's long been "frustrated by the broken status quo in Washington" and described his challenge to McConnell as "the beginning of a new era."

Valerie Crowder hosts and produces state and local newscasts during All Things Considered. Her reporting on local government and politics has received state and regional award recognition. She has also contributed stories to NPR newscasts.