Just hours after GOP Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-Minn) won the nomination Tuesday for House Speaker, he dropped out of the race after a group of Republicans said they will not support Emmer during the full House floor vote with both democrats and republicans present revealing Emmer would not win on the House floor.
That followed former President Trump releasing a statement calling Emmer a “RINO” and voting for Emmer “would be a tragic mistake.”
Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy had endorsed Emmer days earlier when he first got a whiff of Emmer throwing his hat in the ring.
Earlier in the day on Tuesday, Emmer won the GOP nomination over House GOP Vice Chair Mike Johnson (LA) in the fifth ballot resulting in a tally of 117-97 for Emmer.
That was after weeks of drama trying to elect a Speaker for the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Republican House Caucus members’ “numbers” game is in full force - RINOs v. Trump Conservatives.
If all members voted present and for a specific candidate, Emmer could have only afforded to lose four Republicans and still win the Speakership on the House floor.
Obviously, those bets were off the table.
Emmer is the third GOP Speaker nominee to fall short of the votes in the past three weeks.
The conference voted to drop Congressman Jim Jordan (Ohio) as its nominee last week. Before that, Congressman Steve Scalise (LA.) withdrew his name from the running amid staunch opposition from Jordan supporters.
News of Emmer dropping out from the race will catapult the House GOP conference back to square one once again as they restart the search.
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