McCarthy launches bid to become minority leader after GOP loses House control

FILE - Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., answers a question during his appearance with the Public Policy Institute of California, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – Rep. Kevin McCarthy, of Bakersfield, will vie for House minority leader, according to spokesman Matt Sparks.

McCarthy, the current majority leader, saw his hopes of becoming House speaker dashed when Democrats took control during Tuesday’s midterm election.

Rep. Jim Jordan, from the conservative House Freedom Caucus, has also announced a bid for minority leader, CNN Politics reported.

Still, McCarthy beat Democratic challenger Tatiana Matta handily – 66.5 percent to 33.5 percent – in the race for the 23rd District seat in Congress.

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