House GOP Leader McCarthy Looks Weak, ‘This Is Bad’

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 09: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), center, prepares to depart after addressing a crowd during an election night watch party at the National Ballroom at The Westin, City Center on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022 in Washington, DC.  (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) gave a short speech just after 2 a.m. Tuesday, expressing confidence that the GOP would take back the majority in the House after Republicans had a mixed night electorally, with many toss-up races being called for the Democrats.

While McCarthy expressed optimism, two GOP lawmakers texted the Washington Examiner, “This is bad.”

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