House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) has dropped out of the House Speaker race after winning an internal GOP vote against House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH).
Although Scalise won the internal vote against Jordan 113-99, multiple House Republicans will not support the Louisiana public servant.
GOP leaders declined to bring the matter to a full vote on the House floor after realizing Scalise would not garner enough support.
Scalise has decided to drop out of the race entirely.
🚨BREAKING: Steve Scalise has withdrawn his name as candidate for Speaker of the House. pic.twitter.com/wzA3lYfClY
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) October 13, 2023
#Breaking News: Steve Scalise has dropped out of the Speakers race.
Who do you think will win it? pic.twitter.com/kj3qjZNVB8
— 🇺🇸Travis🇺🇸 (@Travis_in_Flint) October 13, 2023
Fox News reports:
House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., has dropped out of the race for House speaker.
He announced the decision following a closed-door meeting with fellow House Republicans Thursday evening.
In a press conference following his decision to step aside, Scalise called for the Republican Party to come together for the country over its members’ own political agendas.
“If you look at over the last few weeks, if you look at where our conferences there’s still work to be done. Our conference still has to come together and is not there. There are still some people that have their own agendas. And I was very clear we have to have everybody put their agendas on the side and focus on what this country needs. This country is counting on us to come back together,” he said.
“This House of Representatives needs a speaker, and we need to open up the House again. But clearly, not everybody is there. And they’re still schisms that have to get resolved. I never came here for a title I’ve had some great titles. I’m the Majority Leader of the House, and I love the job I have,” he added
Scalise went on to say that he would push for a new speaker to be elected quickly, but stopped short of making any endorsement.
What happens at this juncture?
Multiple House Republicans still support Jim Jordan for the job.
Lauren Boebert, Bob Good, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Nancy Mace, Max Miller, Lloyd Smucker and Keith Self remained in Jordan’s corner following the internal vote.
According to a Newsmax report, Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) and Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK) have emerged as potential candidates.
BREAKING: Newsmax reports that Rep. Steve Scalise will likely not be able to secure 217 votes and is expected to drop out of the race for Speaker of the House. pic.twitter.com/8nTDfER2Zq
— ALX 🎃 (@alx) October 12, 2023
The Hill provided further insight why some Republicans wouldn’t support Scalise for House Speaker:
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) said in a Wednesday interview that she still plans to vote for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to be the next Speaker when the matter is brought to the floor for a House vote.
“I would not. I plan on voting for Jim Jordan on the floor,” Mace said on CNN when asked whether she would have voted for House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.), the GOP nominee, had the House vote been held Wednesday afternoon.
“I’ve been very vocal about this over the last couple of days: I personally cannot, in good conscience, vote for someone who attended a white supremacist conference and compared himself to David Duke,” she continued. “I would be doing an enormous disservice to the voters that I represent in South Carolina if I were to do that.”
Mace was referring to reports that Scalise had compared himself to the Ku Klux Klan grand wizard at an event years ago, reportedly calling himself “David Duke without the baggage.”
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