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“McCarthy & McConnell: Election Setbacks Rock Caucuses’ Foundations”

The Republican Party is in nearly disarray as two influential senators, Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy, have experienced setbacks in their attempts to retain majority control of their respective congressional caucuses.

McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, has failed to contain a rebellion within the Republican party over the composition of the GOP conference. He had hoped to add several members to the Republican conference (including Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska), who had previously left the GOP, in an effort to keep the current Senate Majority.

However, this attempt to gain control of the conference was met with fierce resistance by more conservative members of the legislature. These senators argued that by increasing the size of the Republican caucus, it would increase their political influence and erode the authority of more traditional leadership. Faced with such opposition, McConnell was ultimately unable to move forward with his plans.

On the other side of the aisle, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was also met with reluctance when trying to regain control of the chamber. The California congressman had attempted to work out a deal with moderate party members in order to keep his job as leader of the House GOP, but was faced with similar resistance from tea party conservatives.

In the end, both senators have been left weakened in their respective positions and unable to control the direction of their respective caucuses. This disruption is likely to have considerable consequences for the Republican Party in the future. As the GOP continues to grapple with its identity, it is clear that McConnell and McCarthy will not find it easy to maintain control of their respective conferences.

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