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“The hardliners tip the scales”

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Defeat for Kevin McCarthy: He was not elected Speaker of the House of Representatives even on the third attempt.


Chiara SchlenzEditor News

It was a public exposure for the Republican Kevin McCarthy (57): The Californian failed on Tuesday in the election as Chairman of the US House of Representatives, and in three attempts. But it was a defeat with announcement.

A small group of Republican hardliners who opposed the politician was decisive for his defeat. McCarthy only got 203 of 434 votes cast in the first round – he would have needed 218. 19 party colleagues refused to vote for him. Even on the second attempt, these 19 colleagues remained defectors, and on the third they even grew to 20.

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