With Democrats confirmed to keep the Senate, all eyes are now on the House of Representatives. Currently, there are still several House races that remain uncalled. However, Republicans are widely expected to take back this chamber, even if it is only by a narrow majority.
With Republicans projected to regain the House majority, this will naturally oust current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). For some time, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was viewed as a shoo-in for the House Speaker position. Yet, new reports indicate that McCarthy will have some competition.
This competition is set to come from Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ).
The Battle For the House Speakership
Whoever becomes Speaker of the House will need to win 218 votes.
In the case of McCarthy or Biggs, they will almost certainly need the support of the House Freedom Caucus. Biggs is currently a House Freedom Caucus member, which will undoubtedly be a factor if he challenges McCarthy.
Normally, this upcoming Tuesday would mark the time for the elections of House leaders. However, because so many House races across the country have yet to be called, the Freedom Caucus is calling for a postponement of the usual schedule.
🚨Breaking News: Andy Biggs member of the House Freedom Caucus will officially challenge Kevin McCarthy for Speaker of the House.
— The Calvin Coolidge Project (@TheCalvinCooli1) November 14, 2022
If Biggs goes through with his expected challenge of McCarthy, the latter may have to amend his plans for the House speakership role.
For instance, many House Freedom Caucus members want the California Republican to agree to certain stipulations concerning the debt ceiling and methods to remove a House Speaker from power.
If McCarthy agrees to these stipulations, some members of the House Freedom Caucus may be more inclined to support him. If not, then this could give Biggs an edge.
A Critical Time For Republicans
With Democrats controlling the Senate, it will be more imperative than ever for a Republican-led House of Representatives to be united after determining who will be the Speaker.
In the wake of the midterms, Joe Biden has been clear that he has no intentions of changing any of his policies or leadership decisions.
A House controlled by Republicans will break the power monopoly Democrats have enjoyed thus far. However, it is not as great as having a House and Senate controlled by the GOP.
“Our Commitment to America is our pledge to work for a better America.” – @RepFrenchHill highlights Republicans’ plan to create:
✅An economy that’s strong
✅A nation that’s safe
✅A government that’s accountable
✅A future that’s built on freedom. pic.twitter.com/jmUZc1OUcr
— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) November 14, 2022
In the days and weeks ahead, Republicans will learn more about whether McCarthy or Biggs ascends to the role of House Speaker.