Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Sunday said that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) would not have enough votes in order to become the Speaker in the lower chamber if the Republicans won the House.
So far, Republicans appear to be in the lead for winning the House with a narrow majority. This would mean that McCarthy would be a front-runner for the position. However, Pelosi during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” said that McCarthy might not have enough votes to secure the position.
Pelosi added that there was no reason for judgment to be passed on something that may or may not occur. But she continued to say that it would be up to the GOP to decide what position they will take and how they would like to be led.
House GOP lawmakers are going to have a leadership election behind closed doors. A majority vote is all that will be required for a win.
The lawmakers from both parties will need to vote afterwards for a new Speaker. The winner would need to secure 218 votes. As the Republicans are facing a narrow margin even if they do win the House, McCarthy might not be in a position to win if even a few members of his party opt to not support him.
This means that he is now tasked with finding support for becoming the Speaker within the party, especially as the leadership elections are fast approaching. Many members of the party are confident that McCarthy will be able to win.