McConnell faces challenge from Scott as GOP senators regroup


              Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., smiles as he arrives to support Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., an ally of former President Donald Trump, is challenging longtime GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is surrounded by reporters as he arrives at the historic Old Senate Chamber where Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is mounting a long-shot bid to unseat Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., gestures after being reelected as Republican leader, quashing a challenge from Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
            
              Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., smiles as he arrives to support Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., an ally of former President Donald Trump, is challenging longtime GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is surrounded by reporters as he arrives at the historic Old Senate Chamber where Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is mounting a long-shot bid to unseat Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., gestures after being reelected as Republican leader, quashing a challenge from Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
            
              Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., smiles as he arrives to support Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., an ally of former President Donald Trump, is challenging longtime GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is surrounded by reporters as he arrives at the historic Old Senate Chamber where Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is mounting a long-shot bid to unseat Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., gestures after being reelected as Republican leader, quashing a challenge from Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
            
              Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., smiles as he arrives to support Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., an ally of former President Donald Trump, is challenging longtime GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is surrounded by reporters as he arrives at the historic Old Senate Chamber where Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is mounting a long-shot bid to unseat Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., gestures after being reelected as Republican leader, quashing a challenge from Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
            
              Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., smiles as he arrives to support Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., an ally of former President Donald Trump, is challenging longtime GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is surrounded by reporters as he arrives at the historic Old Senate Chamber where Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is mounting a long-shot bid to unseat Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., gestures after being reelected as Republican leader, quashing a challenge from Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
            
              Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., smiles as he arrives to support Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., an ally of former President Donald Trump, is challenging longtime GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is surrounded by reporters as he arrives at the historic Old Senate Chamber where Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is mounting a long-shot bid to unseat Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., gestures after being reelected as Republican leader, quashing a challenge from Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
            
              Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., smiles as he arrives to support Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., an ally of former President Donald Trump, is challenging longtime GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is surrounded by reporters as he arrives at the historic Old Senate Chamber where Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is mounting a long-shot bid to unseat Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., gestures after being reelected as Republican leader, quashing a challenge from Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
            
              Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., smiles as he arrives to support Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., an ally of former President Donald Trump, is challenging longtime GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is surrounded by reporters as he arrives at the historic Old Senate Chamber where Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is mounting a long-shot bid to unseat Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., gestures after being reelected as Republican leader, quashing a challenge from Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
            
              Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., smiles as he arrives to support Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., an ally of former President Donald Trump, is challenging longtime GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is surrounded by reporters as he arrives at the historic Old Senate Chamber where Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is mounting a long-shot bid to unseat Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., gestures after being reelected as Republican leader, quashing a challenge from Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
            
              Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., smiles as he arrives to support Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., an ally of former President Donald Trump, is challenging longtime GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is surrounded by reporters as he arrives at the historic Old Senate Chamber where Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is mounting a long-shot bid to unseat Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., gestures after being reelected as Republican leader, quashing a challenge from Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
            
              Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., smiles as he arrives to support Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., an ally of former President Donald Trump, is challenging longtime GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is surrounded by reporters as he arrives at the historic Old Senate Chamber where Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is mounting a long-shot bid to unseat Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., gestures after being reelected as Republican leader, quashing a challenge from Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
            
              Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., smiles as he arrives to support Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., an ally of former President Donald Trump, is challenging longtime GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is surrounded by reporters as he arrives at the historic Old Senate Chamber where Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is mounting a long-shot bid to unseat Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., gestures after being reelected as Republican leader, quashing a challenge from Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
            
              Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., smiles as he arrives to support Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., an ally of former President Donald Trump, is challenging longtime GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is surrounded by reporters as he arrives at the historic Old Senate Chamber where Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is mounting a long-shot bid to unseat Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., gestures after being reelected as Republican leader, quashing a challenge from Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
            
              Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., smiles as he arrives to support Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., an ally of former President Donald Trump, is challenging longtime GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is surrounded by reporters as he arrives at the historic Old Senate Chamber where Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is mounting a long-shot bid to unseat Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., gestures after being reelected as Republican leader, quashing a challenge from Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
            
              Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., smiles as he arrives to support Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., an ally of former President Donald Trump, is challenging longtime GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is surrounded by reporters as he arrives at the historic Old Senate Chamber where Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is mounting a long-shot bid to unseat Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., gestures after being reelected as Republican leader, quashing a challenge from Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
            
              Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., smiles as he arrives to support Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., an ally of former President Donald Trump, is challenging longtime GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., gestures after being reelected as Republican leader, quashing a challenge from Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
            
              Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is surrounded by reporters as he arrives at the historic Old Senate Chamber where Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is mounting a long-shot bid to unseat Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., gestures after being reelected as Republican leader, quashing a challenge from Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in the Senate Republican leadership elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
            
              Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrives as Senate Republicans gather in the historic Old Senate Chamber for debate as they choose their leadership, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., an ally of former President Donald Trump, is challenging longtime GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              FILE — Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., speaks as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., listens at right during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, March 8, 2022. Following the 2022 midterm elections, Scott, an ally of former President Donald Trump, is mounting a long-shot bid to unseat McConnell from his longtime position as Senate Republican leader. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
            
              Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrives as Senate Republicans gather in the historic Old Senate Chamber for debate as they choose their leadership, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., an ally of former President Donald Trump, is challenging longtime GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrives as Senate Republicans gather in the historic Old Senate Chamber for debate as they choose their leadership, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., an ally of former President Donald Trump, is challenging longtime GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              FILE — Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., speaks as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., listens at right during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, March 8, 2022. Following the 2022 midterm elections, Scott, an ally of former President Donald Trump, is mounting a long-shot bid to unseat McConnell from his longtime position as Senate Republican leader. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
            
              Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrives as Senate Republicans gather in the historic Old Senate Chamber for debate as they choose their leadership, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., an ally of former President Donald Trump, is challenging longtime GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., who led the Senate Republican campaign arm this year, is surrounded by reporters as he arrives at the historic Old Senate Chamber where he is mounting a long-shot bid to unseat Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
McConnell faces challenge from Scott as GOP senators regroup