Kevin McCarthy declares the GOP will take over the House majority, oust Pelosi as speaker
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy declared victory on Tuesday, saying Republicans had secured enough seats to flip control of the US House of Representatives.
“I want to thank the millions of supporters across this country,” said McCarthy, R-Calif. “It’s clear we’re going to get the house back.”
McCarthy told a crowd of supporters at a victory party in Washington, DC, that the feat was possible because of the diverse array of candidates Republicans have recruited this cycle.
“If you believe in freedom, hard work and the American dream, these results prove that there is a place for you in the Republican Party,” McCarthy said. “We’re expanding this party.”
The comments came despite control of the House of Representatives being too close to call. Although Republicans managed to squeeze out vulnerable Democrats, a significant number of House races have yet to be called.
“Now, let me tell you, you’re out late, but when you wake up tomorrow, we’ll be in the majority and Nancy Pelosi will be in the minority,” McCarthy said shortly after 2 a.m. ET after a long election night.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, refused to admit that the House could change.
“While many races remain too close to call, it is clear that House Democrats and candidates are strongly outperforming expectations across the country,” said Pelosi, D-Calif.
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