Rep. Kevin McCarthy has glided to victory in each of his leadership races — one for majority whip, and two for majority leader — by simply winning the support of more than half the members of the Republican Conference.To become the 54th speaker of the House, though, he’ll need to do something he’s never done before: find 218 supporters on the floor.And with room to lose only 29 Republican members, that will require the Californian to navigate the same political currents — inside the Republican Conference, and the party as a whole — that dogged Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) during his five years in power.McCarthy has quietly launched his campaign for speaker and is considered the overwhelming favorite to win. An official announcement of his candidacy isn’t expected for several days.

Source: Kevin McCarthy faces tricky path to speakership – POLITICO

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