Republicans select minority leader in next Congress

Rep. Kevin McCarthy was elected House minority leader Wednesday, according to members of Congress in the closed-door meeting where the elections took place, meaning the California Republican will lead House GOP members after Speaker Paul Ryan leaves Capitol Hill at the end of his term in January. Ryan made clear after he announced his retirement that McCarthy would be his handpicked successor, but it was uncertain whether McCarthy, who failed to win enough support to become speaker in 2015, would be able to garner enough votes to ascend to the position. But rarely has a leader of a party that suffered a major defeat - Democrats wiped out Republicans in GOP-held suburban districts from NY to McCarthy's own backyard - been so handily rewarded.

Jordan is favored to win a post as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, putting him a key position to defend the president in any of the committee Democrats' planned investigations in the next Congress.

As minority leader, McCarthy will become the most visible face of opposition to the incoming Democratic majority.

Republican leader Kevin McCarthy is blaming billionaire Michael Bloomberg for reducing the number of Republican women in the House.

"When I see women, and women and men of color being elected to Congress, I feel a sense of pride in America. We didn't talk about fear mongering", Kopser said during his concession speech.

As expected, Senate Republican leader Mitchell McConnell of Kentucky and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY will continue in their positions.

Republicans will be the minority in the House for the first time since 2011.

"This was a great victory for us", Trump told reporters at the White House.

Mr Trump alleged that some fraudsters were changing their hats or shirts and coming back to vote a couple of times, although Republican election officials in Florida said that they had seen no evidence of this. John Cornyn of Texas, was pushed out by term limits. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), flipped a GOP-held seat in California's traditionally Republican Orange County.

Looming in the background of all of these contests, however, is the remaining leadership contest, which isn't expected to take place until after Thanksgiving: The race for the Speaker's gavel in the House of Representatives, which Democrats will control for the first time in almost a decade.

Republicans are celebrating victories over Democratic Senate incumbents in Indiana, Missouri and possibly Florida, though the recount continues in the Sunshine State. Roy Blunt will be the party's policy chairman. Six races remain to be called by CNN, and Democrats lead in five of them.

In his race for minority leader, McCarthy positioned himself as a close ally of Trump.

While McCarthy provides an affable face for the GOP, Jordan, the former OH wrestling champ and a Fox News regular, will be fighting Democrats' investigations into Trump's businesses and administration. Running to fill the open seat of retiring Rep. Lamar Smith, a veteran Congressman regarded by science advocates as one of the most antiscience lawmakers in the House, Kopser lost by about three points. But since his election, he has changed course, saying instead the money must come from Congress and USA taxpayers.

  • Jon Douglas