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Poll: Who Will Succeed Boehner as Speaker if He Retires?

Who is most likely to succeed John Boehner as speaker if he retires after this election?

DEMOCRATS (91 VOTES)

Eric Cantor: 67%
Jeb Hensarling: 2%
Kevin McCarthy: 8%
Tom Price: 1%
Cathy McMorris Rodgers: 3%
Paul Ryan: 16%
Other: 3%

 

Eric Cantor

"Republicans believe in the line of succession, so my choice for the next speaker is Cantor."

"Tea-party crazies will terrorize the new speaker while the old speaker works on his golf game in Florida."

 

"Cantor is working hard to show his chops."

"He is trying to play Republican statesman—it will probably work."

"Hopefully, Cantor, as he is a truly unlikable individual."

"Didn't Boehner already retire? He's certainly not calling the shots."

 

Kevin McCarthy

"Maybe I watched House of Cards too closely."

Cathy McMorris Rodgers

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"They need a change, and making her speaker could help them a LOT with women."

Paul Ryan

"Golden boy gets the egg."

"It's Ryan or Cantor, but I'd give Ryan the nod for his policy chops and stronger support with the base."

 

Who is most likely to succeed John Boehner as speaker if he retires after this election?

REPUBLICANS (90 VOTES)

Eric Cantor: 56%
Jeb Hensarling: 8%
Kevin McCarthy: 4%
Tom Price: 2%
Cathy McMorris Rodgers: 3%
Paul Ryan: 21%
Other: 6%

Eric Cantor

"Cantor has the experience, the smarts, and the national fundraising base."

"He has earned it."

"Republicans are the party of primogeniture."

"His loyalty to Boehner will give him the votes, and McCarthy will succeed him as majority leader."

Jeb Hensarling

"Jeb is a candidate who has friends in both camps. That's a pretty powerful combination."

Kevin McCarthy

"McCarthy is more TV-ready and doesn't have half the enemies as Cantor."

Cathy McMorris Rodgers

"Makes the House GOP relevant again."

Paul Ryan

"Ryan is a long shot, but he'd be the steadiest performer."

Other

"Darrell Issa. More than any other member, he has single-handedly taken the fight to the administration."

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This article appears in the June 7, 2014 edition of National Journal Magazine as Political Insiders Poll.

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