Donald Trump is the most likely candidate to win the Republican nomination, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Monday, adding that he believed the race post-South Carolina to be between the Manhattan developer and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
“The bigger advantage is to Trump. I think he’s got the momentum. I think there’s more than a 50 percent chance he’s the nominee. And I think that’s what’s setting in for a lot of people,” McCarthy said in an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Asked whether he could work with Trump as House majority leader, McCarthy replied in the affirmative. When co-host Joe Scarborough pressed and asked if he could say the same for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, McCarthy remarked that he could work with anyone who was elected as the Republican nominee.
Trump’s campaign, McCarthy mused, parallels the 2003 recall election of California Gov. Gray Davis, in which actor Arnold Schwarzenegger rode a wave of populism to the governor’s mansion.