California Republicans, who had a really bad midterm election, did get one good piece of news today, as Kevin McCarthy was elected House Minority Leader in a surprisingly easy 159-43 victory over conservative leader Jim Jordan of OH, a founding member of the ever-fractious House Freedom Caucus.
House Republicans voted by a large margin Wednesday to make McCarthy their leader in the next Congress, giving him a victory over a challenge by Rep. Jim Jordan, a prominent member of the Freedom Caucus. McCarthy acknowledged Republicans "took a beating" in suburban areas and need a better strategy to win them back. With Democrat Katie Porter having defeated incumbent Republican Rep. Mimi Walters in the 45th congressional district, Democrats have now flipped five GOP-held House seats in the Golden State.
"No, I have not interviewed for that job", McCathy, who now serves as the House Majority Leader, said in a "CBS This Morning" interview.
Mr. Jordan had said Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Ryan should bear the blame for election losses last week because voters felt that Republicans didn't live up to their promises.
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Also on Wednesday, both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer won the votes to keep their posts next year.
"The electoral tide nearly always pulls against the president's party during his first midterm election, and this year's tide was especially strong because President Trump has been especially divisive", said Matthew Beckmann, a political scientist at the University of California, Irvine. Jordan called for House Republicans to fight with the same "intensity" as President Donald Trump on his priorities.
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Democratic Representative Kyrsten Sinema also made history, winning her bid to replace GOP Senator Jeff Flake in an incredibly tight Arizona Senate race and becoming the first woman to represent her state in Senate, as well as the first openly bisexual candidate to be elected to Senate.
While the faces of Democratic Senate leadership remained largely the same, Republicans saw a shake-up due to term limits and retirements. The GOP whip, Sen. "We congratulate Leader McCarthy and look forward to continuing to work together to advance the pro-life cause in the U.S. House".
Democrats also won some key governors races in the Upper Midwest, including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. The entire House will elect a new speaker in January.
With control of the House, the Democrats now have the authority to exercise oversight of President Trump's administration.
Rep. Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is running unopposed for the position of Republican conference chair, the third-ranking position in the leadership hierarchy with Republicans in the minority.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is running to take over next year's shrunken caucus in closed-door elections that will set the tone for the new Congress. Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, the Freedom Caucus chairman, called it a "gentlemanly" debate.