WASHINGTON — Rep. Kevin McCarthy seems likely to inherit defeated Rep. Eric Cantor’s No. 2 House Republican leadership job, but GOP restiveness along ideological and regional lines is on full display in a wide-open race for the party’s next-ranking post of majority whip.
McCarthy, R-Calif., who has climbed quickly since arriving in Congress in 2007, seemed likely to become majority leader when House Republican lawmakers meet privately Thursday to elect their leadership lineup for the rest of this year.
The contest to replace McCarthy as whip seemed a tough call among three rivals, with added doses of unpredictability because personal relationships matter and because Thursday’s voting is by secret ballot.
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