US House of RepresentativesRepublicans nominate Kevin McCarthy to replace Nancy Pelosi
Even before the establishment of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives, the party nominated 57-year-old Kevin McCarthy as the new speaker. But the election should not be a walk in the park for him.
The boss of republican in the US House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy (57) took the first big step towards being elected as the head of the House of Representatives. In a caucus vote on Tuesday, 188 Republicans voted for McCarthy. His opponent Andy Biggs from the right wing of the party received 31 votes. However, McCarthy has to contend with internal objections and at least 218 votes are needed to be elected to the House of Representatives.
McCarthy moved closer to Republicans’ goal of replacing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after Tuesday’s midterms. However, the decisive vote in the entire chamber will not take place until January 3, when the new Congress convenes. The vote in the Republican caucus took place on Tuesday before the future majority in the House of Representatives was even certain.
The GOP majority is yet to be determined
The Republican “Grand Old Party” (GOP) was still short of a majority in the House of Representatives, according to Tuesday’s count. However, their majority could be one of the narrowest in the last 90 years. McCarthy would therefore have every vote from the caucus count when electing the speaker of the chamber. Former President Donald Trump supports McCarthy, but former Freedom Caucus leader Andy Biggs of Arizona has announced he will run against McCarthy. Currently still a Democrat Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The fact that Republicans fared worse than they had hoped in last week’s midterm elections also plays a role. Biggs lamented that the majority in the House of Representatives would be narrow, and the Democrats had defended their majority in the Senate. Americans wanted a new direction. “McCarthy doesn’t have the votes to be the next speaker of the House,” he said.