If Kevin McCarthy fails as Speaker, then who else?

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Republican leader Kevin McCarthy has failed to be elected Speaker of the US House of Representatives – but if not him, who else could fill the role?

After three consecutive rounds of voting on Tuesday, the first day of a new Congress, Mr McCarthy fell short of the 218 votes he needed to clinch the job.

Until the House has its presiding officer in place, the body is not swearing in its new members or moving on with its legislative business.

The voting will continue on Wednesday and the California congressman insists he can eventually win over his detractors.

He remains the favourite to get the famous gavel in his hands but as time goes on, other options may become more palatable.

The top contenders are Steve Scalise, Elise Stefanik, Andy Biggs, Jim Jordan and even perhaps, Hakeem Jeffries.

Read more at BBC.com

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