Earlier today, US Republicans nominated a new candidate for Speaker of the House of Representatives. After a series of votes behind closed doors, the nomination went to the relatively unknown Minnesota state representative Tom Emmer.
Emmer (62) wanted to try to garner enough support during the full voting rounds in the House. So the latter did not succeed. The representative immediately received a lot of opposition from supporters of former President Donald Trump, so threw in the towel and did not wait for a vote in the House.
Republicans hold a majority in the House, but the caucus is hopelessly divided. The Speaker’s position has been vacant since October 3, when Kevin McCarthy was voted in as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Republicans previously suggested Steve Scalise and Jim Jordan as possible successors to McCarthy. But Scalise quickly backed down because he thought he didn’t have enough support, while Jordan threw in the towel again when he wasn’t elected after three rounds of voting.
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