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Exclusive: After 2020 Gains, Kevin McCarthy Eyes House GOP Majority, Speaker's Gavel in Midterms

Added 02-24-21 09:47:01am EST - “House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy has a fresh spring in his step after the Republicans picked up 15 seats in the 2020 congressional elections.” - Breitbart.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Breitbart.com: “Kevin McCarthy Eyes House GOP Majority, Speaker’s Gavel in Midterms”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy has a fresh spring in his step after the Republicans defied the odds and professional political prognosticators by picking up 15 seats in the 2020 congressional elections.

McCarthy, who has his eyes on the majority in November 2022, approached the 2020 congressional elections differently than Republicans in recent history have traditionally targeted congressional electoral efforts, and his moves paid off—and not only infuriated but befuddled the beltway pundit class.

For the first time since 1994, in 2020 no GOP incumbent running for reelection lost. Meanwhile, McCarthy blew away fundraising records previously set by former House Speaker Paul Ryan—astonishing since he did it from the minority. Usually, House political leaders do better raising money from the majority. That’s not to mention the most significant development which is a freshman class entering Congress in 2021 that represents perhaps the most diverse in party history with the most women to boot.

“First of all, put it in perspective, this is the first time since 1994 that no Republican incumbent lost,” McCarthy told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview when asked how the GOP did it. “We won in 2010 and that didn’t happen. No Republican incumbent lost. It was about the quality of the candidates and the message. Remember, we ended up picking up four new seats in California. We defeated four Democrats [in California], Trump lost all four districts and three of them he lost by double digits. We won in Miami. We won in New York. The quality of the candidates, the contrast—remember what we did with the Commitment to America? Rebuild, restore, and renew versus their defund, dismantle, and destroy, which they were doing. It was a very clear message. But think of the candidates we had from Young Kim to Carlos Gimenez to Ashley Hinson to Michelle Fishbach to Nicole Malliotakis in New York. We just took it to them.”

For the last three months, since the Nov. 3, 2020, general election, Breitbart News has interviewed integral players in the House GOP operation that blew away the so-called experts to get the real story of what happened down-ticket in November. While so much of the nation’s political media and pundits have—rightfully so—focused this post-election timeframe trying to understand what happened at the top of the ticket where now former GOP President Donald Trump lost to Democrat and the current President Joe Biden, not much has been reported on the McCarthy-led House GOP operation. McCarthy deserves a lot of the credit, Republicans say, but so certainly does Trump and so do other key players in the GOP like House minority whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) chairman Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN). This account, by far the most in depth on the House GOP’s surprise wins on election night, is based on conversations with McCarthy himself and with people like Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), the new chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC) in the House. Also, several of the freshman GOP members who won tough races, some of whom beat Democrat incumbents and others who held open seats the so-called experts thought they would lose, spoke with Breitbart News at length about what went right for them and wrong for the Democrats. Others, like several key Trump White House officials, spoke either on background or on record to discuss McCarthy’s close relationship with the then-president which everyone agreed was critical to turning around the party’s fortunes in the lower chamber of Congress and to the future of the GOP.

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