House Republicans to pick new Speaker nominee

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House Republicans are set to meet behind closed doors Wednesday to select their nominee for speaker after the historic ouster of Rep. Kevin McCarthy last week.

McCarthy’s removal set up a head-to-head battle between Majority Leader Steve Scalise and Judiciary Committee chair Jim Jordan for the gavel. The House has been at a standstill since the unprecedented vote that left the speaker post vacant, though the attacks in Israel have lent urgency to filling the role.

The House Republican conference met privately Tuesday night for a long candidate forum and took questions from rank-and-file members. Rep. Mike Garcia, of California, estimated that around 30-40 Republicans asked questions of the two. Neither Jordan nor Scalise appeared to have won over a majority.

On Tuesday night after the meeting, Garcia called both “very solid candidates” but said, “I don’t know if there’s gonna be a speaker tomorrow morning … we’ll see where this goes.”

Scalise said Tuesday night that he was “confident” that a speaker would be chosen Wednesday.


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