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 August 16, 2023

Kevin McCarthy asserts that the future of his speakership depends on Republican victories in a key state

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy stated that his prospects of retaining the speakership following the midterm elections of 2024 are contingent on the Republican Party's success in California.

McCarthy, who was elected speaker of the House of Representatives in January after 15 rounds of contentious voting, currently maintains a tenuous four-seat majority over the House Republican Conference, as The Conservative Brief reported.

McCarthy stated during a press conference call regarding the Republican National Committee's new "Bank Your Vote" strategy in the state that retaining these seats would be crucial to maintaining Republican control of the House after the Conference gained new members in California after the midterm elections of 2022.

“Is my future as Speaker dependent on holding the five seats we picked up in California? Yeah. We have our entire majority because we won in California. We picked up those House seats over two cycles,” McCarthy said.

"He added that the gains were primarily due to Republicans’ fielding candidates from minority communities, saying “We’ve elected more women as Republicans … Hispanics as Republicans … [and] black Republicans.”

“When you look at a seat like Duarte’s or Valadao’s, Biden carried it by 11 and 13 percent,” McCarthy noted, noting Republicans’ efforts to defend seats where President Joe Biden carried a majority of votes in the 2020 election.

“We also have seats that Democrats sit in which Trump carried, and we’re going to Bank Votes in those seats, too … Presidential elections change our turnout.”

McCarthy highlighted Republican Rep. Mike Garcia of California's 27th district, stating, “Mike Garcia won in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, which no Republican had done since 1994 … [These seats] give Republicans a majority but are also very embarrassing to the Democrats.”

The RNC's strategy for mobilizing Republican voters in 2024 is known as "Bank Your Vote" and includes activities such as encouraging absentee voting, ballot harvesting, and poll monitoring.

As the 2024 election cycle approaches, a recent survey has terrible news for Democrats and President Joe Biden.

According to a Newsweek tracker poll, Democrats' favored issues such as abortion and the environment are far down on the list of what the majority of Americans value the most.

According to the survey, which was conducted on July 15 and 16 among 1,500 eligible voters, the economy remains by far the most important issue, with 60 percent indicating as much — and at a time when gas prices are rising again, food prices remain high, interest rates have skyrocketed resulting in much higher mortgage and auto costs, and a growing number of Americans have seen their purchasing power decrease under President Biden.

“Most voters—48 percent—said they were worse off now than they were three years ago. A further 29 percent said they were better off and 22 percent said they were about the same,” Newsweek reported, citing its survey results.

“Forty-four percent said their financial situation has worsened in the last year, compared to 28 percent who said it had improved and another 28 percent who said it had stayed the same.”

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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