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Oct 24, 2023, 12:21pm EDT
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Republicans nominate Tom Emmer for House speaker

U.S. Representative Tom Emmer (R-MN)
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Republican House members nominated Rep. Tom Emmer for speaker of the House on Tuesday, according to multiple reports, making their third attempt to pick a speaker after Kevin McCarthy was ousted from the post nearly three weeks ago.

The five-term congressman from Minnesota, who is currently the majority whip, emerged victorious after several rounds of votes behind closed doors, defeating eight other candidates. The No. 3 Republican in the House, he was bolstered by an early endorsement from McCarthy.

Attention now turns to whether Republicans can unite behind Emmer on the House floor and deliver a majority to elevate him to speaker.

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The party previously picked two other nominees for speaker, Steve Scalise and Jim Jordan, but both failed to garner the full support of the conference.

The House has been paralyzed for nearly three weeks since a faction of hard-right Republicans, along with Democrats, voted to remove McCarthy from the speakership.

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