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16 April 2018, 02:11 | Myrtle Vega
House Majority Leader Kevin Mc Carthy speaks next to House Speaker Paul Ryan at a news conference with Republican leaders after
Ryan said he believes there will be a "seamless transition" from him to the next speaker.
Seven of California's 14 congressional Republicans are in districts won by Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016, and two of them have decided not to run for re-election.
"Paul Ryan is a brilliant guy, but Kevin McCarthy has forgotten more about California than Paul Ryan knows about California", said state GOP Chair Jim Brulte.
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), are the clear frontrunners in this contact.
Of course, there is a good chance that neither Scalise nor McCarthy will get to hold the speaker's gavel. Scalise is the only Southern Congress member in leadership.
Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh was also supportive of McCarthy taking over the role. McCarthy was also considered the favorite in his first bid for speaker before protest from the conservative wing of the caucus derailed his bid. That prompted Ryan to reluctantly take the job.
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Ryan took over in 2015 amid a leadership fight, with McCarthy among the contenders who were unable to attract sufficient support.
The Freedom Caucus, which numbers about three dozen House members, has always been critical of McCarthy, even though he's close to President Donald Trump.
Right now, the race is between Scalise and McCarthy (with McCarthy poised to come out on top), but there's a possibility we could be talking about a whole other set of players after November 6, 2018. Many House Republicans will turn to the head of their party for an indication of what he will do, and Trump could end the speculation now if he endorsed a candidate, but it's unclear that will happen anytime soon.
McCarthy would still to need lock up 218 votes to secure the Speakership if the GOP retains control of the House in November, or if Republicans decide to elect a Speaker before the midterms.
Trump and McCarthy have "a great relationship", but the president is not making an endorsement right now, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday.
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