McCarthy heads into next Congress with eye on speaker’s gavel

Kevin McCarthy enters Tuesday’s House Republican leadership elections in a stronger position than ever before.McCarthy, who took over as the top House Republican last year following the crushing Democratic wave of 2018, helped lead the GOP to surprising pickups of seats this year. And Republicans are convinced that with Joe Biden in the White House, they can win back the majority in 2022. That would put McCarthy in a prime position to make a play for the speaker’s gavel, long a dream job for the California Republican.“Republican success two weeks ago was a historic expansion of our party. I couldn’t be more proud of this team,” McCarthy said in a statement before the elections for the top party positions. “Our focus now is forward-looking, and this conference is completely united and energized to build on our movement and deliver results for the American people.”There are still 10 House races that

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By John Bresnahan and Melanie Zanona

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