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Republican MPs returned to Washington for the first time on Monday mid term electionSorting through the rubble of his show of dominance last week.

“The Republican Party, as we know it, is dead,” Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley said Monday, two days before Senate Republicans are scheduled to vote on who will lead them in 2024. Just before the election, taking majority control seemed to be within their grasp from the Democrats. But over the weekend, that opportunity slipped, with a slim victory by Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada.

Republicans felt most optimistic about their chances in the Silver State, given the flagged economy, the exact toll wrought by the pandemic on Nevada’s tourism, the GOP had made with Latino voters, the fact that abortion was used earlier in the state. It is a fixed law. The constitution and the fact that former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxault, who previously won a statewide election, lacked the kind of loopholes that affected the party’s other candidates.

Hawley called the midterm election a “funeral” for the current GOP.

“Voters have made it clear, and in particular, that the people who didn’t vote for Republicans this past election were free voters, working class, free voters, people who voted for President Obama, a Bar, the people who then voted for President Trump but this time stayed home,” Hawley said. “Unless we can appeal to those voters, we are not a majority party.”

Senate Republicans planned to end their leadership polls early, just a week after Election Day, but their disappointing performance prompted many senators to re-evaluate their plans as they look to take control in 2024. Was waiting for the opportunity.

Some, including Florida’s Sens Rick Scott and South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, want to delay leadership elections, beyond the December 6 runoff election between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker for Georgia’s Senate seat.

Scott and Graham argue that holding the election this week will “disapprove” Walker, should he win, because he will not be able to vote on the next GOP leader.

But others like Sen. John Cornyn questioned “why would we delay an uncontested race.”

Emerging from the Senate GOP leadership meeting that Scott attended this evening, South North Dakota Sen. John Thune said he did not have an “understanding” that Scott wanted to challenge McConnell. “There was a little discussion about the election, but not in any major details because I think everyone knows we’re going to have talks tomorrow,” Thune said.

On potential 2024 candidates, Thune said, “I think what’s really important, whoever wants to be a 2024 candidate, is to help us right now, in 2022 — finish the cycle by winning the state of Georgia.”

Tensions have risen between McConnell and Scott, who chairs the Republican Senate campaign arm. At the same time, the game of accusation and counter-accusation has started inside the party.

“Our takeaway right now is we had a sh**** cycle,” said one Senate Republican campaign operative, noting that the party had lost independents and that the party base had not turned out to be in the numbers he had anticipated. “The reality is, we underperformed everywhere,” Operative said. “Even the candidates who said they were good candidates lost. So it is a massive failure of the party.”

“When you have both the swing voter problem and the base problem, there are obviously different factors,” the operative said, adding that Republicans among them lacked a message about what they would do if elected. “We tell people every cycle why they shouldn’t vote for the other guy, but not why they should vote for us.”

Scott had promoted some of the ideas before the election, but was quickly turned down by party leaders, especially after the Democrats took hold of a proposal to raise taxes. In an interview with Fox News, Scott blamed some Republicans for voting for a Biden agenda item that saw Democrats tout legislative successes.

As Republicans assess their losses and prepare for another contest in Georgia, former President Donald Trump is preparing announce your third presidential bid in Florida on Tuesday. with him rained heavily against rising GOP stars like Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who won re-election last week by 20 points.

The conservative group Club for Growth, which had been backing Trump, began post-election polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, Georgia and Florida, showing the former president trailing DeSantis.

“Our polling shows that Republican primary voters view Trump’s insults against Republicans as hollow and counterproductive, and it is taking a significant toll on their support,” said group president David McIntosh. “This suggests that Trump may be helping Republicans by delaying his announcement until after the Georgia runoff.”

Alan He contributed to this report.

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