Senate and House GOP Pick Congressional Leaders - as Showdown Over Pelosi Simmers

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California Republicans, who had a really bad midterm election, did get one good piece of news today, as Kevin McCarthy was elected House Minority Leader in a surprisingly easy 159-43 victory over conservative leader Jim Jordan of OH, a founding member of the ever-fractious House Freedom Caucus.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has been elected to take over the Republican caucus next year.

Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana was named minority whip and Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming became the House Republican Conference Chair as her father former Vice President Dick Cheney, sporting a cowboy hat, looked on from the room.

Republican candidate for U.S. Congress Young Kim makes calls to voters at her campaign office in Yorba Linda on October 6, 2018, and Rep. Mimi Walters addresses President Donald Trump before he signs a bill related to sex trafficking at the White House in Washington, D.C., April 11, 2018. While the Democrats may have lost seats in the U.S. Senate, they have captured the House majority after being locked out of power after the 2016 presidential election.

On Thursday, McCarthy sought to downplay Republican losses in the House. Ernst is in her first term. Mitch McConnell was reelected Majority Leader of the Senate and New York Sen Chuck Schumer is again the Minority Leader.

Officials have yet to determine the winners in one Senate contest and six House races - a week and a half after the midterm elections.

President Trump fuelled fears of voter fraud in Florida as the state's chaotic vote count in closely fought elections was set to drag on to the weekend. John Cornyn of Texas, who was term-limited under conference rules.

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At Wednesday's news conference, McCarthy said he does not believe that the President is to blame for House Republicans losing their majority, but he conceded that the party has work to do to improve its standing with voters, particularly in suburban areas.

The rest of the GOP line-up below the Kentucky Republican is expected to shuffle slightly. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri are expected to take over the third- and fourth-ranking spots.

Further, the Democratic "blue wave" led to the defeat of a number of potentially historic members of their caucus.

Democratic Representative Kyrsten Sinema also made history, winning her bid to replace GOP Senator Jeff Flake in an incredibly tight Arizona Senate race and becoming the first woman to represent her state in Senate, as well as the first openly bisexual candidate to be elected to Senate.

While McCarthy provides an affable face for the GOP, Jordan, the former OH wrestling champ and a Fox News regular, will be fighting Democrats' investigations into Trump's businesses and administration. But since his election, he has changed course, saying instead the money must come from Congress and USA taxpayers.

In his race for minority leader, McCarthy positioned himself as a close ally of Trump. Jordan is a leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

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