Nov. 15, 2022 US election coverage

By Adrienne Vogt, Aditi Sangal, Elise Hammond, Maureen Chowdhury and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 7:17 AM ET, Wed November 16, 2022
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8:55 a.m. ET, November 15, 2022

Rep. Andy Biggs confirms he will challenge McCarthy to lead House GOP conference

From CNN's Maju Raju

Rep. Andy Biggs attends a roundtable discussion with members of the House Freedom Caucus in Washington, DC, on November 10.
Rep. Andy Biggs attends a roundtable discussion with members of the House Freedom Caucus in Washington, DC, on November 10. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Rep. Andy Biggs confirmed tonight that he will challenge Kevin McCarthy to lead the House GOP conference and possibly become Speaker of the House if Republicans take control of the chamber.

"I’m going to be nominated tomorrow to the position of Speaker of the House. We’ll see if we can get the job done and the votes. It’s going to be tough. Kevin has raised a lot of money and done a lot of things. But this is not just about Kevin. I think it’s about institutional direction and trajectory,: Biggs said on Newsmax.

CNN has not yet projected which party will control the House.

Some context: The vote to elect the next speaker will take place in January at the start of the new Congress, but House Republicans are holding their internal leadership elections to pick a speaker nominee this week.

Biggs’ challenge is meant to demonstrate that McCarthy lacks 218 votes to become speaker in January — if the GOP wins control of the House — an effort by the hard-line Freedom Caucus to force the GOP leader to make concessions to weaken his potential speakership and empower the rank-and-file.