The Seattle Times

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Friday, June 13, 2014

In GOP upheaval, a front-runner - and discontent

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, of California, leaves House Speaker John Boehner's office on Capitol Hill earlier this week. McCarthy's knack for helping colleagues get elected and his ability to maintain a personal connection have given him the advantage in the contest for House majority leader, despite calls by some Republicans for a more conservative direction.