Arizona’s Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters is blaming Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for his stinging defeat to Democrat Senator Mark Kelly.
Masters is added to a growing list of Republicans pointing the finger at McConnell, who is up for reelection as Republican Senate Leader next week.
There was expected to be a red wave, but control for the Senate came down to the wire, with the Nevada and Georgia races likely to decide control.
When Democratic Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto won in Nevada, Democrat Senate control was confirmed, with Vice President Kamala Harris’s vote giving Democrats the outright majority.
But, before the Nevada race was decided, Arizona’s Republican Senate candidate Masters was blaming McConnell for leaving races up to chance. Masters pointed out how had McConnell-aligned PAC, the Senate Leadership Fund, spent more on the Arizona race, the GOP’s victory in the Senate would be secure.
Speaking to Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, an animated Masters displayed his rage at McConnell, saying, “McConnell decided to spend millions of dollars attacking a fellow Republican in Alaska instead of helping me defeat Senator Mark Kelly.”
He then called on Senate Republicans to “not vote Mitch McConnell into leadership,” adding that he believes McConnell “doesn’t deserve to be majority leader or minority leader.”
Several Republicans have called on the Senate leadership vote, scheduled for Wednesday (November 16), to be postponed until after the Georgia runoffs are decided.
Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX.), Marco Rubio (R-FL.), and Josh Hawley (R-MO.) have all publicly supported the postponement of a Senate leadership vote until after the Georgia runoffs.