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Gop Rep. McCarthy elected House majority leader



WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans have made the first change in their leadership since Majority Leader Eric Cantor unexpectedly lost a primary election last week. They've elected California Rep. Kevin McCarthy to replace him in the No. 2 job.

The 49-year-old McCarthy has been GOP whip, the No. 3 post, and his election Thursday was anticipated. He defeated Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador, a conservative who has often battled his own party leaders and said voters want change in Washington.

McCarthy came to Congress in 2007 and has climbed rapidly through his party's leadership ranks. He's a close Cantor ally.

House Republicans will also choose a new whip to replace McCarthy. That's a hard-to-predict contest between Reps. Peter Roskam of Illinois, Steve Scalise of Louisiana and Marlin Stutzman of Indiana.

Republicans Elect Kevin McCarthy To Replace Eric Cantor

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Mel June 19 2014 at 3:47 PM

Different name, different face... same obstruction. And the "Do Nothing" House will continue to do nothing. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
::yawn::

At least the peanut gallery remains in disarray. That's always fun to watch.

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rlspzim June 19 2014 at 3:51 PM

What crap. "A close Cantor ally." More of the same, folks; nothing to see here.

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busterggi June 19 2014 at 3:50 PM

"McCarthy came to Congress in 2007 and .... He's a close Cantor ally."

So they replaced one rejected Rep with another rejectable Rep.

Goog work guys!

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Thomtforan June 19 2014 at 3:46 PM

Hey! I have a GREAT idea! Let's replace one stuffed suit with another stuffed suit. Brilliant!!

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theaquashort June 19 2014 at 3:49 PM

The Republican leadership in Washington continue to ignore the voters. We do not want another "Eric Cantor " to replace the one voted out. I have lost hope for the Republican Party and believe it is time for a third party. Short term it will be disastrous, but in three or four elections we will take back the party from these "Democrat light" Republicans.

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Jay June 19 2014 at 4:00 PM

Sometimes I think that either the whole system in Washington DC is rigged or people are really that stupid......not sure which but it has to be one or the other.

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mnbigbuddy June 19 2014 at 3:44 PM

This is just temporary. He will be replaced by Boehner as the minority leader after the November elections.

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ticktockticktock1 June 19 2014 at 3:46 PM

The big question is ... will he listen to the voters?

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waj5432 June 19 2014 at 4:01 PM

Elect whoever - In November you too will be replaced LOL

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tazteq waj5432 June 19 2014 at 4:31 PM

Not sure which poll you are referring to but it looks like the Republicans will take the Senate and retain the house. Keep searching.

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royjoneswolf62 waj5432 June 19 2014 at 5:41 PM

tazteq Romney was a shoo-in to replace Obama!

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Jcwfuntime June 19 2014 at 3:54 PM

He may be "Climbing", but he's basically a "Nobody"! Most people don't even know who he is!!!

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