Trump's influence looms over McCarthy's race to be next House speaker

Some in Trump's orbit have even floated the wild -- but technically possible -- idea that the former President should make a play for the gavel .
Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio said "of course" Trump would have influence over the outcome if he got involved.
And Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia said Trump's opinion would have an impact "big time" and "100%."
And those lawmakers could end up being decisive votes in a speaker's race, depending on their party's margins if the GOP flips the House.
The hardline House Freedom Caucus, which has become a club for Trump's fiercest defenders, is comprised of roughly 40 members.
Trump's potential clout in the House GOP leadership elections is a stark contrast from the Senate, where Minority Leader Mitch McConnell maintains the steadfast support of his conference despite Trump repeatedly railing against the Kentucky Republican.
But if he came out against him, it would be ugly," GOP Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama said.
Like Rogers, many Republicans believe Trump will ultimately stand behind McCarthy if Republicans win back the House next year -- or at least stay on the sidelines.
"I have zero doubt that Kevin will become the speaker," said Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, the head of the conservative Republican Study Committee.
"And part of that is because he's maintained a good rapport with President Trump."
Trump recently headlined a House GOP fundraiser, where he had warm words for McCarthy and even referred to him as the "next speaker" at one point, according to lawmakers in attendance.
It's unclear whether Trump would actually get involved in a speaker's race or endorse a candidate.
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