Steve Scalise Wins Vote to Become Republican House Speaker Nominee

House Republicans have chosen Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) as their nominee for speaker.

Scalise won the vote after Republicans huddled behind closed doors for over two hours on Wednesday.

GOP lawmakers voted via secret ballot.

Scalise won 113 votes, while Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) won 99.

House Republicans voted minutes earlier to table a motion to raise the threshold for electing a speaker to 217 — a majority of the conference.

It comes after former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was ousted in a vote by eight members of his own party and all House Democrats last week.

That moment marked the first time in history the U.S. House of Representatives voted to remove its own leader.

The contest to replace him quickly became a two-man race between Scalise and Jordan.

Scalise has been McCarthy’s longtime No. 2, despite a yearslong rivalry between the two.

Jordan, who is closer to McCarthy, nabbed early support from top conservatives in the GOP conference.

House Freedom Caucus Policy Chair Chip Roy (R-TX) was among the high-profile Republicans to back Jordan.

Jordan himself is one of the original co-founders of the group.

Jordan also received an endorsement from President Donald Trump for the job.

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“He will be a GREAT Speaker of the House,” Trump said on Friday.

“[He] has my complete & total endorsement!”

Jordan, 59, was one of the first Republicans to join the race to replace McCarthy, as Slay News reported.

In a post on his social media platform Truth Social, Trump said Jordan had “been a STAR long before making his very successful journey to Washington.”

“He is a STRONG on Crime, Borders, our Military/Vets, & 2nd Amendment,” he added.

Jordan is one of the most vocal defenders of Trump in Congress

As Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Jordan has also been leading investigations into Democrat President Joe Biden and his family’s shady foriegn influence-peddling business.

READ MORE: Jim Jordan Tells Biden the Jig Is Up: ‘Most Pressing Issue on Americans’ Minds Is Not Ukraine, It’s the Border and Crime’

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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