Republican lawmakers see the race to succeed Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as Kevin McCarthy’s to lose.
As majority leader, the California Republican has the most direct path to the job. He’s also picked up an official endorsement from Ryan and is one of President Trump’s top allies on Capitol Hill.
“Kevin is in a very strong position,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), an ally of GOP leadership, told The Hill. “Our leadership team has rallied around him, he’s got a lot of goodwill, a lot of respect in our conference.”
But there are a number of landmines standing between McCarthy and the Speaker’s gavel, including conservative opposition and the possibility that another candidate jumps into the race.
Read more at The Hill.