House GOP leadership elections to take place week after midterms
House Republican leadership elections will take place the week after the midterm elections, with the expected date to be November 14, two GOP aides confirm to CNN.
Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan announced in April that he would not seek re-election, paving the way for a contest in the top ranks of House Republicans.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the No. 2 House Republican, is currently viewed as the favorite to become the next top House GOP leader and has been endorsed by Ryan to be his successor.
Conservative Rep. Jim Jordan, a House Freedom Caucus leader, has announced his own bid for speaker. While he has support among some of the most conservative members and groups outside of Congress, he faces an uphill battle in winning the speakership, though he could help prevent McCarthy from obtaining the 218 votes needed to become speaker.