House Republicans to make leadership pitch ahead of conference elections

Elise Stefanik, Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise
From left, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., speak to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, May 14, 2021, just after Stefanik was elected the new chair of the House Republican Conference, replacing Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., who was ousted from the GOP leadership for criticizing former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) J. Scott Applewhite/AP

House Republicans to make leadership pitch ahead of conference elections

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Members of the House Republican Conference will gather in the congressional auditorium on Monday to hear from leadership hopefuls amid uncertainty over whether House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) can lock down the support needed to secure the speaker’s gavel in the wake of underwhelming election night results.

The candidate forum comes as a sizable number of members and incoming members have called for a delay in holding the vote, which is conducted in a closed-ballot format, until after the majority is called.

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The lackluster election results have sparked a likely challenge by former House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-AZ) against the California Republican, aware that he also does not have the 218 votes needed to lock down the gavel.

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Among the Republicans who will lay out their cases are National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Emmer (R-MN), Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks (R-IN), and Chief Deputy Whip Drew Ferguson (R-GA), who have been engaged in a heated race for House majority whip; Reps. Richard Hudson (R-NC) and Darin LaHood (R-IL), both of whom are seeking to be the next National Republican Congressional Committee chairman; current House GOP Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY), who is looking to retain her position as she faces challenger Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL); and Reps. Lisa McClain (R-MI), Andrew Clyde (R-GA), and Glenn Grothmann (R-WI), who are vying to be conference secretary.

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