Republican Kevin McCarthy to become next House minority leader

Kentucky Sen. Mitch Mc Connell on Wednesday was re-elected majority leader of the Senate Republican conference as Democrats voted to keep New York Sen. Chuck Schumer as their leader

McCarthy beat Rep. Jim Jordan of OH, a founder of the far-right House Freedom Caucus, in Wednesday's closed-door elections.

McCarthy made his pitch for the job to House Republicans in a recent letter, saying he's is in the best position to lead the party against a Democratic majority, NPR reported.

House Democrats will not hold their leadership elections until later this month, according to local media reports.

It was the fifth Republican-held House seat picked up by California Democrats.

Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, was also selected to serve as minority whip in the next Congress, while Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, was expected to become the conference chair and top-ranked female Republican in the House.

Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota was tapped to lead the National Republican Congressional Committee, the House GOP's campaign arm.

"I may only be three heartbeats away from the Oval Office, but my heart is and always will be in Iowa and here in the U.S. Senate, where I've worked for the people of Iowa and our nation for 38 years", Grassley said in a statement Wednesday.

Mr. Jordan had said Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Ryan should bear the blame for election losses last week because voters felt that Republicans didn't live up to their promises. As of Wednesday afternoon it was not clear where Jordan or Meadows would land.

"Unless it is a miracle, we are going to vote against them", Mr. Palmer said.

McCarthy told reporters Wednesday that the more than $100 million Bloomberg spent helping Democrats win the majority "unfortunately" hurt Republican women. Jerry Nadler of NY.

In his race for minority leader, McCarthy positioned himself as a close ally of Trump. "I helped build a majority from a deeper hole than this and I have what it takes to do it again".

As minority leader, McCarthy will become the most visible face of opposition to the incoming Democratic majority.

Senate Democrats reelected Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY and Minority Whip Sen.

House Democrats will hold their election after Thanksgiving.

Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of OH says the GOP lost its House majority in the midterm election because it didn't deliver on promises to secure the U.S. -Mexico border, fund President Donald Trump's wall and replace the Obama health care law. In that press conference, Schumer declared that there's a "much greater than half chance" that Nelson will win if the recount is conducted "fair and square", though Schumer did not offer evidence that Nelson would be able to make up a larger deficit than any other statewide recount in recent USA history. "Any President in their first off-year election, on average, loses more than 30 seats". "I'll work to see that we uphold the Senate as a check on the executive and judicial branches of government, including our constitutional authority to provide advice and consent".

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