Kevin McCarthy named Republican candidate for House of Representatives

Kevin McCarthy nominated Republican candidate for House leader representatives

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Republican leader Kevin McCarthy was nominated Tuesday by his peers to be the leader of his party in the United States Congress, which paves the way for him to take the strategic command of the House of Representatives in January.< /strong> 

The 57-year-old lawmaker, who has held senior positions in the lower house of Congress since 2014, was opposed to Andy Biggs, a member of a powerful ultra-conservative group, Freedom Caucus. Republicans voted by secret ballot.

Kevin McCarthy must now win the vote in plenary session on January 3, when the 435 new elected representatives, Republicans and Democrats, of the House will elect their third character “speaker” the most important in American politics after the president and the vice president. 

This vote promises to be very tight, with the Republicans having left to have only a tiny majority in the House. The laborious counting of the mid-term elections is still in progress.

Kevin McCarthy is weakened by the poor performance of the Republicans in this election, the “giant wave” predicted by the conservatives not having materialized.

Any defection from his camp would significantly complicate his ascent to the perch and the right wing of the conservatives have made it known that they will set their conditions before supporting him.

Fr 2015, the California elected official had already narrowly failed to become Speaker of the House of Representatives.