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Kevin McCarthy, would-be majority leader, at home in D.C., Bakersfield
Kevin McCarthy, would-be majority leader, at home in D.C., Bakersfield

The doorbell rang at a spacious tract home on a quiet cul-de-sac near Cal State Bakersfield. Rep. Kevin McCarthy's wife, Judy, hushed the barking Australian shepherd inside and opened the door with a smile. The post-mortems on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning defeat in Virginia have suggested he was out of touch with his district, not far from the District of Columbia. But in his hometown of Bakersfield, McCarthy — expected to succeed Cantor after Texas Rep. Pete Sessions dropped out of the running late Thursday — seems to have no such troubles. Despite the demands of his job as the third-ranking Republican in Congress, McCarthy, 49, maintains a...

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