Mitch McConnell resigning as Senate GOP leader in November

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will be stepping down as the Senate’s top Republican this fall, bringing an end to a record tenure in the position.

McConnell plans to step down in November, the Kentucky Republican announced on Wednesday. McConnell became the party’s top leader in the Senate in 2006 and has won nine straight elections to maintain his position since then.

“This will my last term as Republican leader in the Senate,” McConnell said during a floor speech. “It’s time for the next generation of leadership.” 

Last year, McConnell beat Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), who was challenging him for the party leadership position.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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