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Kevin McCarthy elected to lead House Republicans

Kevin McCarthy.
Kevin McCarthy. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has defeated Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), 159 to 43, in the election to lead the Republican minority.

What's next: McCarthy, who played a key role as chief deputy whip in flipping the House in 2010, will replace Paul Ryan as House Republican leader in January. McCarthy was widely expected to win.

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