McCarthy became whip more than three years ago.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy seems likely to inherit defeated Rep. Eric Cantor's No. 2 House Republican leadership job, but GOP restiveness along ideological and regional lines is on full display in a wide-open race for the party's next-ranking post of majority whip.
The budget that passed late Thursday night has language that eliminates any chance for the governor to make an end run for perhaps his biggest priority.
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