Ron Elving Ron Elving is Senior Editor and Correspondent on the Washington Desk for NPR News, where he is frequently heard as a news analyst and writes regularly for NPR.org.

McConnell, left, and House Minority Leader John Boehner at the Capitol in March. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America hide caption

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Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) pauses as he gives his concession speech to supporters on Tuesday in Philadelphia. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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