5 House Republicans Oppose Kevin McCarthy As Speaker, Leadership In Jeopardy

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-CA, walks to the podium to speak after he was nominated to be Speaker of the House at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on November 15, 2022. - Top US Republican Kevin McCarthy was chosen Tuesday as his party's leader in the House of Representatives -- putting him in prime position to become Speaker if his camp reclaims control of the chamber as expected. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • If all 435 members of the House are present and voting for the speaker in January, McCarthy can lose no more than four Republican votes.
  • At the moment, there are at least five House Republicans who oppose McCarthy while several others are seen as on the fence.
  • “House Republicans need a leader with credibility across every spectrum of the GOP conference in order to be a capable fighting force for the American people,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL). “That person is not Kevin McCarthy.”

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