Jim Jordan Wins GOP Nomination For Speaker Of The House

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan won the House Republican Conference’s nomination to become the Speaker of the House of Representatives on Friday, after his primary competitor, Majority Leader Steve Scalise, dropped out of the race.

Jordan, who has represented Ohio’s 4th Congressional District since 2007, won a secret ballot of conference members by a vote of 124 to 81, with the remainder going to Republican Rep. Austin Scott of Georgia, who entered the race on Friday. (RELATED: GOP Rep. Austin Scott Files Challenge To Jim Jordan For House Speaker)

In a second ballot of the conference, which asked members whether they would support Jordan on the floor following his nomination, he received the support of 152 members, with 55 members voting to indicate they would not support his nomination on the floor. The House Republican Conference has a narrow majority of four seats in the chamber and will require nearly all members to vote in favor of Jordan for him to be elected speaker.

Jordan’s principal competitor in the race, Scalise, who was himself nominated by the conference on Wednesday, unexpectedly withdrew from the race on Thursday, after he failed to earn the support of a minority of members who objected to this candidacy.

Jordan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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