McCarthy moves quickly to secure potential speakership

Kevin McCarthy moves quickly to secure potential speakership as hard-right group weighs a long-shot challenge

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  • Hear his answer 02:29 Now playing - Source: CNN Midterm elections: Here are the House races to watch 02:13 Now playing - Source: CNN Watch Obama's closing message to voters in Philadelphia 02:16 Now playing - Source: CNN CNN — House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy is moving swiftly to lock down the votes to claim the speaker’s gavel as a hard-right faction of his conference discusses whether to mount a long-shot challenge to complicate his bid and force concessions in the process, according to multiple GOP sources.
  • The California Republican tapped a group of members to be on his whip team that will help him secure the 218 votes in order to win the speakership in January, with GOP lawmakers on the call promising to “work hard to get him elected,” according to a source familiar with the matter.
  • The hope, the source said, is that if they back a challenger to McCarthy in next week’s elections, it would force the California Republican to cut a deal in order to secure their support in the January speaker’s race when he wouldn’t be able to afford to lose more than a handful of GOP votes in a narrow Republican majority.
  • Moreover, McCarthy has long moved to develop a good standing with even the most rebellious forces within the Freedom Caucus and has been in talks with some members of the group about their role in a GOP majority for weeks, according to Republican sources.

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