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GOP Rep Steve Scalise was nominated by House Republicans to be the next Speaker of the House.
Scalise won the vote 113-99 over Jim Jordan.
It now heads to the House floor for a vote.
The Hill reported:
House Republicans on Wednesday nominated Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) to be the next Speaker, sending his candidacy to the House floor following Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) stunning ouster last week, multiple lawmakers told The Hill.
Scalise secured the nomination 113-99 in a closed-door GOP conference meeting, defeating House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) in a close race that did not have a clear front-runner heading into the internal vote.
Scalise will now take his candidacy to the House floor, where he will be up against House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), who Democrats nominated for Speaker on Tuesday night.
The floor fight could get messy. Candidates need the support of a majority of the chamber to take control of the gavel and Republicans hold a razor-thin majority. McCarthy required 15 rounds of voting to secure the gavel.
Multiple Republicans say they will still vote for Jim Jordan.
Multiple Republicans left the vote on Wednesday saying they’ll still vote for Jordan, setting up the prospect of Scalise failing to secure the speakership on a first ballot.
“I’m voting for Jordan,” said Rep. Max Miller (R-Ohio.)
“I’m voting for Jim Jordan on the floor,” said Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.).
Scalise will need 217 Republicans to back him on the floor if every Democrat votes.