The possibility of Senate Republicans gaining two to five seats in the midterm elections has fueled speculation about a potential upcoming showdown between Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman Rick Scott for the all-important position of Senate majority leader.
On Sunday, Scott fueled rumors about his leadership ambitions by refusing to rule out challenging McConnell, who claims he has the votes to win.
During an appearance with NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Scott declined to support McConnell for majority leader.
When asked by Chuck Todd if he planned to run for Senate majority leader if Republicans won the Senate majority, Scott refused to give a straight answer.
“I’m not focused on anything except getting a majority Tuesday night.” He said.
After Scott’s nonanswer, Todd concluded aloud that Scott running against McConnell for the role of majority leader was ‘a possiblity,’ an assertion that Scott did not deny.
Senate Republicans say Scott’s quiet on whether he may challenge McConnell is perplexing, given that he told CBS News in mid-February that he would be backing McConnell to serve another term as leader.
Since then their relationship has now become tense due to disagreements over political and fundraising tactics ahead of the midterm elections.