The Republicans’ nominee for Speaker of the House, Steve Scalise, has exited the race after finding it impossible to get the votes to win the seat. It remains to be seen who will take his place as the nominee. The Washington Post reports:
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) announced at a Republican conference meeting Thursday night that he is pulling out of the race to become speaker. The announcement came after a day full of lengthy meetings with fellow Republicans that several described as unproductive. Scalise had narrowly edged Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) in a Wednesday conference vote to be named speaker-designate but had made little progress getting to the 217 votes he would need in a floor vote to win the gavel.
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