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GOP elects McCarthy as new House Leader

GOP elects McCarthy as new House Leader

McCARTHY:House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Calif. leaves a Republican Conference meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 18. Photo: Associated Press/J. Scott Applewhite

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans elected California Rep. Kevin McCarthy as majority leader on Thursday afternoon. McCarthy will take over the party’s No. 2 post.

House Republicans met to fill vacancies in their leadership team in the aftermath of last week’s unexpected primary defeat of their No. 2 leader, Virginia congressman Eric Cantor.

McCarthy was challenged by a conservative rebel, second-term Idaho congressman Raul Labrador, who said Cantor’s defeat showed voters think Congress is out of touch and its leaders must be replaced.

McCarthy, currently the party’s No. 3 leader in the House, defeated Labrador in the secret ballot contest to succeed Cantor.

Cantor is stepping down as majority leader July 31.

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Bill Trott)

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