Roll Call reports:
House Republicans on Wednesday elected Rep. Kevin McCarthy as their minority leader over Rep. Jim Jordan, a decision that improves the chances that one day the California Republican might be speaker.
McCarthy has vowed to lead Republicans back into the majority over the next two years. If he succeeds, the chances that he’ll be elected speaker are significantly higher than they were had Republicans held the majority this year.
McCarthy’s ascension to the top Republican spot is still significant though, because he had tried and failed to rise before. This time McCarthy’s colleagues pushed him to the top in a 159-43 vote.