McCarthy closes in on House speaker's job

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Kevin McCarthy closes in on the speaker's job in the US House of representatives after narrowly losing a 12th vote

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Republican Kevin McCarthy appears to be closing in on the speaker's job in the US House of Representatives after narrowly losing a 13th vote on Capitol Hill.

McCarthy needs an absolute majority to get the job but the contest has gone into a fourth day following opposition from a minority of hardlines from within his own camp.

But fifteen opponents switched sides in the latest vote - after McCarthy promised the reinstatement of a longstanding House rule that would allow any single member to call a vote to oust him from office.

The voting comes on the second anniversary of the storming of the Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump.

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