A coalition of prominent Republicans joined calls on Monday to delay the GOP's House and Senate leadership elections due to the backlash from the party's worse-than- expected midterm performance that has cast new uncertainties over the futures of House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and the party's Senate Leader,
A group of more than 50 former Congress members and leaders of conservative organizations are expected to send a letter to Republican Congress members on Monday seeking to delay the leadership elections.
The elections scheduled for Tuesday in the House and Wednesday in the Senate should be pushed back until after the December 6 election in Georgia between Republican Herschel Walker and incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock.
The signers appeared to raise questions about the future of the party in general while urging congress members to select leaders who will confidently and skillfully present a persuasive coherent vision of who we are, what we stand for, and what we will do.
Prior to the GOP's failure to gain control of the Senate and Republicans' under performance in House races, McCarthy and McConnell were thought to be shoe-in for the top leadership positions in their respective chambers. There have been calls for McConnell to be ousted from his position. At least eight incumbent senators have called for a delay in the elections. The House Freedom Caucus is considering challenges for McCarthy. According to CNN, the former House Freedom Caucus chairman is considering a run against the current speaker. McCarthy will likely have enough support to get the simple majority needed for the nomination, but will face an uphill battle to win the speakership after the new Congress is sworn in.
"No one has the nerve to step forward and challenge Senator McConnell," said Sen. Tom Cotton, who voiced his support for McConnell on Sunday. I support the senator.
There are at least 19 House races that have yet to be decided as of Monday morning. Republicans are on track to win 218 seats in the House, compared to 204 for Democrats. Lauren Boebert is in a re- election race against Adam Frisch. She has a lead of less than 1,500 votes with thousands of votes left to be counted. If the candidates finish within 1% of each other, the contest could take more than a month.
The GOP leader's Ouster was attacked by Trump in the latest push.
House Republicans are preparing to form new leadership.