Republican Gain Lead For New House Speaker Role

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( – Following the ousting of Kevin McCarthy from the office of Speaker, there are two major figures in the GOP who are attempting to secure the role. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is currently leading the race against Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., in terms of endorsements. However, the race for either one to become Speaker could be tough.

The Speakership race only has two formally declared candidates with the House GOP members having closed-door meetings on Monday evening before the Tuesday speakership candidate forum. The election is set to take place on Wednesday morning.

So far only one-third of Republican lawmakers have given a public endorsement, with 47 of them supporting Jordan and 23 stating they are going to support Scalise. However, the majority of lawmakers have continued to be quiet on this.

Despite these endorsements, it is not certain that Jordan will be able to win the race as he will also need to get the support of moderates, who are generally not supporters of the House Freedom Caucus hardliners.

According to one source within the House Republican Conference, many members of the GOP do not want to publicly oppose Jordan’s candidacy as they are scared of how this could affect the 2024 Presidential primary race as the Freedom Caucus is connected to the House Freedom Fund PAC.

Scalise has also received backing from within the conference with Majority Whip Tom Emmer, R-Minn. Supporting his candidacy. However, it is not yet clear whether he is going to be able to win the House majority.

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