Senior House GOPers Eye Nov 14 For Leadership Elections

UNITED STATES - SEPT 13: House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks during a press conference with House Republican Leaders in the House Studio Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (Photo By Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)
October 30, 2018 8:43 am

House Republicans are planning to hold leadership elections on Nov. 14 — a week after the midterms — regardless of which party is able to grasp or maintain the majority in the House, three Republicans familiar with plans told Politico.

Republican lawmakers are reportedly uncertain about their chances of holding the majority, but House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is gunning to replace Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as speaker and most of his colleagues think he has the votes to be minority leader if Republicans fall short next week. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) is eyeing the top job should McCarthy fail and is expected to be whip in the minority or majority depending on midterm outcomes.

Freedom Caucus founder Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is also expected to throw his hat in the race for speaker or minority leader, but, per Politico, “has little chance of winning.”

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