Bill Thomas

McCarthy set to hit speakership lotto with long odds for success

WASHINGTON — Five-term Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California appears headed for an easy victory to replace House Speaker John Boehner in what has been a no-win job.

McCarthy's follow-up act may turn out to be just as difficult as Boehner's.

Tough tests await on issues that will reverberate from the 2016 presidential race to Wall Street: raising the U.S. debt limit, increasing spending on highways and reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, all initiatives that newly emboldened conservatives oppose.

Boehner hinted on Sunday he may push through some top corporate priorities before departing at the end of October. "I don't want to leave my successor a dirty barn," he...