House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) were the primary contenders to become House Speaker.
In an internal GOP vote, Scalise won by a 113-99 vote.
🚨 BREAKING: Rep. Steve Scalise wins closed-door GOP nomination for Speaker with 113 votes, Rep. Jim Jordan came in second with 99 votes, 8 voted “present”
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BREAKING NOW: Steve Scalise wins GOP conference ballot to become the next Speaker of the House..
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Scalise previously received a campaign donation from Bill Gates.
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We reported exclusively on Rare just last week that Scalise has been funded by liberal billionaire Bill Gates. Campaign finance data shows that Scalise received a donation from Gates back in 2016. See evidence of that donation from FEC.gov below…
We also revealed that Scalise took donations from anti-Trump billionaire Paul Singer, who dumped millions of dollars into Marco Rubio’s failed 2016 Presidential bid in an effort to derail then-candidate Donald Trump.Advertisement
Singer also played a role in funding the production of ‘Steele Dossier’ used to push the phony Russian collusion hoax throughout the Trump Presidency.
Review Gates’ donation to “Scalise for Congress” HERE.
Multiple Republicans left the vote on Wednesday saying they’ll still vote for Jordan, setting up the prospect of Scalise failing to secure the speakership on a first ballot.
“I’m voting for Jordan,” said Rep. Max Miller (R-Ohio.)
“I’m voting for Jim Jordan on the floor,” said Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.).
Scalise will need 217 Republicans to back him on the floor if every Democrat votes.
The race for the nomination was neck-and-neck leading up to the conference election, with both candidates struggling to rally the support needed.
Scalise prevailed despite some members voicing concerns about his recent cancer diagnosis and former President Trump endorsing Jordan.
Multiple GOP sources argued that the Trump endorsement may have helped solidify Scalise’s support with moderates.
Scalise supporters noted his fundraising prowess and member services operation help him gain favor with members.
The House floor vote is expected sometime Wednesday afternoon.
NEW: House Majority Leader Steve Scalise wins GOP conference ballot for Speaker of the House
House floor vote expected sometime this afternoon pic.twitter.com/wGEYPNz4K1
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This story is developing.