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Poll: Will McConnell Return as Minority Leader if the GOP Doesn't Win the Senate?

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) looks on during a news conference on Capitol Hill.(Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

If Mitch McConnell wins reelection but Republicans fail to win the Senate, will he be back as minority leader?

Democrats (86 Votes)

Yes: 61%
No: 39%

 

Yes

"He had to fight off a tea-party opponent—don't think they can blame him for TCOT [Top Conservatives on Twitter] nuttiness."

"Mean as a rattlesnake and smart as a fox—he survives."

 

"He reflects a majority of the GOP caucus in the Senate—barely."

"McConnell is their DNA blueprint."

"Like Reid in the majority, his caucus appreciates his craftiness, doggedness, and ability to absorb bullets on their behalf."

"He's the perfect minority leader: sneaky, snarky, and shameless."

 

No

"GOP will have blown good opportunities to take over in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Three strikes and Mitch is out."

"It is time for a change—on both sides."

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"If Kentucky voters don't ditch Mitch, the Senate GOP will, if it is still in the minority. If the GOP fails to win the Senate this year, it never will."

"You gotta rotate the crops."

"Somebody's got to take the fall."

 

If Mitch McConnell wins reelection but Republicans fail to win the Senate, will he be back as minority leader?

REPUBLICANS (88 VOTES)

Yes: 85%
No: 15%

Yes

"Yes, he's more savvy than anyone else in the Senate GOP."

"No question!"

"Anyone with enough charisma or capital to challenge McConnell is running for president."

"He is rock solid as leader. Cruz et al are the problem."

"Until you kill the king, he's still the king."

"He won't be challenged by any establishment types, and the tea party doesn't begin to have the votes."

"McConnell's colleagues trust his judgment above all else—and the fact that he's not interested in being president."

"McConnell himself failed to win seats over two cycles as NRSC chair, yet became leader anyway. He's dodged this bullet before."

"He will be able to celebrate both his new title and his new term."

"As long as there's a net gain in seats."

"The caucus is comfortable with him, even if the general electorate is not."

"He shouldn't be, but no one will have the guts to take him on."

"He said he'd crush the tea party, and he is doing that. That should take care of it."

No

"Like the Caps fired [coach Adam] Oates and [general manager George] McPhee, the Senate Republicans will fire McConnell—time for a generational change."

"It's like hockey. Make it to the playoffs five times and fail to win the Cup, the coach gets fired. Same should apply here."

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Excellent!"

Rick, Executive Director for Policy

Concise coverage of everything I wish I had hours to read about."

Chuck, Graduate Student

The day's action in one quick read."

Stacy, Director of Communications

I find them informative and appreciate the daily news updates and enjoy the humor as well."

Richard, VP of Government Affairs

Chock full of usable information on today's issues. "

Michael, Executive Director

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