Despite key Senate races still being undecided, the motion to delay the Senate leadership elections failed, and the Senate leadership elections are set to go on today. Republicans are concerned with the undecided races, with the most notable election that remains undecided in Georgia between (R) Herschel Walker and (D) Raphael Warnock. Their run-off election is set for December 6th, and many Republicans are pushing for Senate leadership elections to be held off until after their run-off election is able to declare a winner.
Yesterday, Ted Cruz said on Twitter that he will propose a motion to delay the Republican Senate leadership elections until after December 6th, in hopes that Herschel Walker is able to come away with a key win in Georgia.
Tomorrow, I will offer a motion to delay the Republican Senate leadership elections until AFTER the Georgia runoffs so we know who will be in our conference.
We owe this to the American people. 1/x
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 16, 2022
Ted Cruz would go on to tweet about his frustration with the matter, saying, “we don’t even know who will be in the Republican Conference yet!”:
Tomorrow, Senate Republican leadership elections are on the schedule.
That is insane.
We don’t even know who will be in the Republican Conference yet! pic.twitter.com/zSOFsclEv8
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 15, 2022
Lindsey Graham also joined Ted Cruz in his motion to delay the Senate leadership vote until after the December 6th run-off elections in Georiga:
In light of #GASen runoff, it would be appropriate to delay Senate leadership elections until we know who is in the Senate Republican Conference.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) November 14, 2022
Among others, Rep. Matt Gaetz tweeted his support to Senator Marco Rubio for the motion to delay voting for the Senate leadership elections:
So proud of my Senator!
We should not hold leadership elections in the House or Senate until we know exactly who will constitute the Republican conferences in each chamber.
Marco knows we must be very deliberate about this & make good choices for the people! https://t.co/NcuAvoiyva
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) November 11, 2022