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McConnell Steps Back

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced yesterday he would step down from the position following the 2024 election, two years ahead of the end of his current term. McConnell assumed the post in 2006 and is the longest-serving Senate leader from either party. 

The decision kick-starts a highly anticipated race to replace the 82-year-old Kentuckian. Candidates include a trio of Johns from his leadership team—former Majority Whip John Cornyn (TX), current Minority Whip John Thune (SD), and Caucus Chair John Barrasso (WY). The GOP enjoys a favorable electoral map this cycle, with the five most likely seats to flip held by four Democrats and independent Kyrsten Sinema (AZ), increasing the likelihood the winner becomes majority leader.  

The decision comes amid reports McConnell is deliberating over whether to endorse former President Donald Trump. The pair reportedly haven't spoken directly since 2021.

In related news, lawmakers reportedly struck a short-term deal to avert a government shutdown ahead of tonight's midnight deadline. The bill must pass both chambers today before going into effect.

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