Mitch McConnell was unanimously re-elected Senate majority leader on Tuesday, continuing his reign as one of the most powerful Republicans in Washington.

The Republican conference bestowed the honor on McConnell (R-Ky.) and applause could be heard from outside the room, sources confirmed.

The 78-year-old lawmaker defied naysayers last week when he won his own race in Kentucky for the seventh time in a landslide, prevailing over Democratic opponent Amy McGrath, a well-funded military veteran who raised more than $80 million.

When reporters attempted to smear McConnell over the lack of questioning election fraud in his own Senate race, he said, “I don’t know. At the risk of bragging, it wasn’t very close…”

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Republicans under McConnell’s stewardship are poised to keep control of the Senate, but face two runoff elections in Georgia in January.

On the other side of the aisle, Democrats re-elected Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as the minority leader and kept the leadership team intact, including Sen. Dick Durbin as minority whip and Sen. Patty Murray as assistant Democratic leader.

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