Scalise doesn't get enough votes to be elected speaker, decides to withdraw

October 13, 2023

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) became the Republican nominee for House speaker on Wednesday, but he decided on Thursday to drop out of the race because he doesn't have enough votes to win.

The same group of eight or nine ultraconservative Republicans declined to vote for Scalise because they want to see one of their own, former Freedom Caucus Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH), in the role.

It is also unclear whether Jordan has the votes to be speaker, since some moderate Republicans may think he is too conservative.

Scalise said there was not unity among Republicans and "there are still some people that have their own agendas."

"There're still schisms that need to get resolved," he said, and added that he would not get involved in supporting another candidate. Scalise said he would remain Majority Leader.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) has all 212 Democrats voting to nominate him as speaker, so no Democrats will be supporting Jordan or any other Republican candidate.

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