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Here's who could become House speaker if Kevin McCarthy isn't elected

By Aaron Blake

03 Jan 2023 · 5 min read

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The Republicans party won a narrow House majority, but their presumptive Speaker—one of the most important jobs in US politics—is struggling for their votes. The Washington Post looks at alternatives.

The House might or might not elect a speaker Tuesday, and if it does, that speaker might or might not wind up being Rep. Kevin McCarthy.

The California Republican was in line for the post after his party won the House majority in November. But the narrowness of that majority has jeopardized McCarthy's status as presumptive speaker eight years after he first lost out on the job.

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