Inside Kevin McCarthy’s Math Problem To Becoming Speaker

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has a math problem. He won the House GOP’s nomination to be Speaker this week in a 188-31 vote.

But far more GOP members voted against him than he can afford to lose on the floor Jan. 3 in a vote that would officially elect him Speaker. A vocal faction of Republicans who have the potential to make or break his Speakership continue to withhold support.