Senate Republican Candidates Reluctant to Support Mitch McConnell for Majority Leader


Senate Republican candidates remain increasingly reluctant to back Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for Senate Majority Leader.

The Hill asked nearly two dozen Senate GOP candidates if they would support McConnell as the Senate’s leader if elected, but not one candidate said that they would openly back McConnell. The Hill’s revelation details the ongoing war between the Republican establishment and the conservative and populist grassroots, led by former White House chief strategist and Breitbart News executive chairman Steve Bannon.

One top aide to a GOP Senate campaign said that Senate candidates have to walk a tightrope between the establishment and the conservative grassroots.

“Ten years ago when you ran campaigns, especially after 9/11, it was all about leadership. You could talk about your role in Congress in making things better,” the aide told the Hill. “Now Republican voters want to burn the place down, so you have more of a tightrope.”

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