President Barack Obama reached out to the man who is expected to be the next Senate Majority Leader after Tuesday night's Republican midterm wins, and left a message.
Obama tried to connect with Sen. Mitch McConnell, after the Kentucky Republican won his own re-election and his party won back control of the upper chamber, in order to congratulate him and left a message, a White House official tells CNN.
Aides for McConnell said the White House called early Wednesday morning and McConnell was already gone.
The White House official says the administration, including Obama, are clear eyed about the results of the election. The White House has been preparing for this scenario for several weeks and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough has been reaching out to a variety of interests around Washington on a path forward under a GOP congress. The official said they feel prepared for the outcome.
The president is anxious to get to work and put the midterms behind him, but there is still no talk of a big shakeup, the official said.
Obama will hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon at 2:50 p.m., the White House announced.