McCarthy makes big gains for speaker, but still falls short

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., stands as he is nominated for a twelfth time in the House chamber as the House meets for the fourth day to elect a speaker and convene the 118th Congress in Washington, Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

By LISA MASCARO and FARNOUSH AMIRI
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – House leader Kevin McCarthy is getting closer to victory in the grueling, hard-fought struggle to become speaker of the new Congress.

On the fourth day of voting, 15 of the 20 conservative holdouts switched to him on the 12th and 13th rounds of balloting.

But he was still short of the majority he needs to win. McCarthy told reporters as he arrived at the Capitol, “We’re going to shock you.”

The new effort is taking place against the backdrop of the second anniversary of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

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