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Like Gingrich, the only thing McCarthy wants is to be Speaker. Governance, the work, that's the last thing on his mind. I don't know who their #2 is but it would be most amusing to see McCarthy get this close and still lose.
It's happened before.
GOP leader Kevin McCarthy's bid for House speaker may really be in peril(emphasis mine)
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) "seems to have a math problem in his quest to become House speaker," Eric Ting writes at SFGate. If Republicans win the last two uncalled House races, McCarthy's Republicans will have a 222-213 majority in the House. "That means McCarthy can suffer only four Republican defections in the speaker vote scheduled for Jan. 3," and five House Republicans have said they are hard no's, Ting adds. "If all five remain steadfast in voting against McCarthy, he's toast."