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House Republicans to hold 3rd internal vote to find speaker candidate 3 weeks after McCarthy ouster

House Republicans are gathering for their third conference-wide election in under a month Tuesday morning to choose their next speaker-designate via secret ballot.

House Republicans are getting ready to vote for a speaker candidate for a third time after their past two nominees to lead the chamber dropped out of the race.

GOP lawmakers are gathering behind closed doors at 9 a.m. on Tuesday for an election via anonymous secret ballot.

There are nine Republicans jostling for the speakership right now: Majority Whip Tom Emmer, R-Minn.; GOP Conference Vice Chair Mike Johnson, R-La.; GOP Policy Committee Chair Gary Palmer, R-Ala.; Republican Study Committee Chair Kevin Hern, R-Okla.; Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla.; Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Mich.; Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga.; Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas; and Rep. Dan Meuser, R-Pa.


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The vote comes after the candidates made their pitch to the GOP conference on Monday night at a candidate forum.

The front-runner right now appears to be Emmer, who has been endorsed by ex-Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. Other candidates going into the election with several endorsements under their belt are Donalds and Bergman.

It’s likely to take several rounds of voting – a candidate must win a conference majority to be named speaker-designate under current House GOP Conference rules.

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If no candidate manages to win a majority during a given round, the person with the least amount of votes is withdrawn from the race and another round is held.

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The election comes three weeks after McCarthy’s ouster from the top job, the first time in history the House of Representatives removed their leader in the middle of a congressional term.

HOUSE REPUBLICANS VOTE TO REMOVE JIM JORDAN AS SPEAKER NOMINEE

Last week, House Republicans selected Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, but he pulled out of the race after he was unable to secure 217 Republican votes – the number needed for a House-wide majority.

Before that, Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., was the original pick of the conference to replace McCarthy. He dropped out of the race just a day after winning the nomination – opposition from Jordan allies made it clear he would not reach 217 votes.

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