In quest to become House speaker, Kevin McCarthy tries to hold together a fractious GOP

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Kevin McCarthy vies for House speaker among a divided Republican Party

Ahead of the midterm elections that are expected to hand Republicans control of the House, GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy is navigating a complicated path between the Trump wing and moderate Republicans.

  • Republicans are expected to take back the House after November’s midterm elections.
  • GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy is hoping to become the next Speaker, but he faces political headwinds.
  • He’s been able so far to keep most of his caucus together, but will Matt Gaetz and other Trump-ers bail?

WASHINGTON – Kevin McCarthy has had to play the role of political acrobat a lot lately.

On his far right, Republican leader Kevin McCarthy must deal with unbridled conservatives who protest the GOP establishment, attend white nationalist rallies and talk about things like cocaine and orgies.

Closer to his own right, McCarthy finds more traditional Republicans who are tired of hearing about things like alleged orgies and cocaine use, white nationalists and “RINOs” (conservative parlance for “Republicans In Name Only”).

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