Senator Mitch McConnell was selected by his colleagues Wednesday to lead the Republican Party in the US Senate when a new term begins in January 2023.


The Kentucky politician fended off a fight from Florida Senator Rick Scott.

“We underperformed among independents and moderates because their impression of many of the people in our party in leadership roles is that there’s chaos, negativity, excessive attacks — and it frightened independent and moderate Republican voters,” Mr. McConnell told reporters on Tuesday.

“I think the most important thing we can do is get these differences behind us,” said Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas and a McConnell ally.