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Emmer leads first vote for GOP speaker nominee, Sessions dropped

Minnesota’s Tom Emmer, the third-highest-ranking Republican in the House, has received the most votes in the first round of balloting for the party’s candidate for speaker, a Republican source confirms.

Republicans are moving on to the second round of voting, per conference chair Elise Stefanik. Texas’s Pete Sessions is no longer on the ballot, indicating he received the fewest votes in the previous election:

We are now entering ballot number two with the following candidates on the ballot:

Jack Bergman (MI)
Byron Donalds (FL)
Tom Emmer (MN)
Kevin Hern (OK)
Mike Johnson (LA)
Austin Scott (GA)

— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) October 24, 2023

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House GOP whip Tom Emmer once again led the third ballot, picking up 10 votes from the previous round, Punchbowl News reports:

THIRD BALLOT —

Emmer- 100
Johnson- 43
Donalds- 32
Hern- 26
Scott- 12
Other- 3
Present- 3

— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) October 24, 2023

He still lacks the majority needed to clinch the party’s nomination.

The field of GOP aspirants is now down to four, conference chair Elise Stefanik announces:

We are now entering ballot number four with the following candidates on the ballot:

Byron Donalds (FL)
Tom Emmer (MN)
Kevin Hern (OK)
Mike Johnson (LA)

— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) October 24, 2023

Georgia lawmaker Austin Scott was dropped after the third round of balloting. We will tell you what the vote totals were in that round once we know.

Emmer reportedly leads in second round of GOP balloting, but opposition remains

Per Politico, here is a breakdown of the voting in the second round of balloting for the Republican speaker nomination. As you can see, the GOP whip Tom Emmer won the most votes, but has plenty of opposition:

Told Tally for 2nd round is:
Emmer -90
Johnson – 37
Donalds – 33
Hern – 31
Scott -14
Bergman – 7

Told a handful voted present or other https://t.co/X3D2ZoNOx5

— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) October 24, 2023

In second place is Louisiana’s Mike Johnson, the vice-chair of the Republican conference, and coming in third is Byron Donalds, a prominent Donald Trump ally.

Now we are on to the third ballot, per conference chair Elise Stefanik, and it appears Michigan’s Jack Bergman has been dropped after receiving the fewest votes:

We are now entering ballot number three with the following candidates on the ballot:

Byron Donalds (FL)
Tom Emmer (MN)
Kevin Hern (OK)
Mike Johnson (LA)
Austin Scott (GA)

— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) October 24, 2023

Per the Hill, here’s a breakdown of the full vote totals from the first ballot:

ROUND 1 vote tallies, per Rep. Clyde

Emmer: 78
Johnson: 34
Donalds: 29
Hern: 27
Scott: 18
Bergman: 16
Sessions: 8

— Mychael Schnell (@mychaelschnell) October 24, 2023

As you can see, Tom Emmer received the most votes, but other candidates received more votes overall. It’s a secret ballot, so members don’t necessarily know each other’s choice, but we’ll see if Emmer picked up more support from other candidates in the second round of balloting.

Emmer leads first vote for GOP speaker nominee, Sessions dropped

Minnesota’s Tom Emmer, the third-highest-ranking Republican in the House, has received the most votes in the first round of balloting for the party’s candidate for speaker, a Republican source confirms.

Republicans are moving on to the second round of voting, per conference chair Elise Stefanik. Texas’s Pete Sessions is no longer on the ballot, indicating he received the fewest votes in the previous election:

We are now entering ballot number two with the following candidates on the ballot:

Jack Bergman (MI)
Byron Donalds (FL)
Tom Emmer (MN)
Kevin Hern (OK)
Mike Johnson (LA)
Austin Scott (GA)

— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) October 24, 2023

Democratic Whip Katherine Clark’s has just notified lawmakers “that votes related to the election of the Speaker are possible today.”

“Additional information about the vote schedule will be announced as soon as it becomes available,” she added.

Democrats aren’t involved in the internal Republican election for the party’s speaker candidate, and thus just have to ensure their members are ready to report to the House floor in case the GOP picks a candidate and decides to hold the floor vote necessary for their confirmation.

The House is scheduled to gavel into sessions at 11am today, and then immediately go into recess, Clark’s office added.

Republicans voting to choose speaker nominee

Back in the House, Republicans are now voting in the first ballot to choose their nominee for speaker, according to conference chair Elise Stefanik:

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We are now entering ballot number one of the @HouseGOP organizing conference for the purpose of electing a Speaker. The following candidates are on the ballot:

Jack Bergman (MI)
Byron Donalds (FL)
Tom Emmer (MN)
Kevin Hern (OK)
Mike Johnson (LA)
Austin Scott…

— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) October 24, 2023

Former Trump attorney Jenna Ellis accepts plea deal in Georgia election subversion case

As we wait to learn who Republicans will nominate next to be speaker of the House, there’s been some news in the many legal entanglements of Donald Trump.

Jenna Ellis, a former lawyer for Trump who was indicted along with him and 17 others for trying to overturn the 2020 election result in Georgia, has accepted a plea deal to resolve her charges. Here’s what we know about that:

House Republicans meet to choose speaker nominee as field drops to seven candidates

Republicans have convened a behind-closed-doors meeting to select their latest nominee for speaker of the House. Just as the meeting kicked off, Alabama’s Gary Palmer announced he was dropping out of the contest, bringing the field to seven candidates:

I will work with the next speaker on the ideas I have laid out so Congress can come together and do the job the American people sent us here to do.

With this in mind, I am withdrawing my name from consideration for Speaker. pic.twitter.com/cz4Gwzg7Fa

— Gary Palmer (@USRepGaryPalmer) October 24, 2023

House Republican conference chair Elise Stefanik also revealed who would be giving the nominating speeches for the eight speaker candidates:

Each candidate for Speaker has submitted the following names to the Conference for nominating speeches this morning.

Bergmann (Mike Bost)
Donalds (Mario Diaz-Balart)
Emmer (Brad Finstad)
Hern (Ron Estes)
Johnson (Cathy McMorris Rodgers)
Palmer (Bruce Westerman)
Scott (Rick…

— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) October 24, 2023

The House Republican conference chair Elise Stefanik has laid out a schedule for the party’s upcoming vote to determine its nominee for speaker:

Today at 9 am, I will gavel in the House GOP Organizing Conference for the purpose of electing a Speaker. Each candidate will be nominated by one colleague. Votes will be cast by secret ballot with the candidate with the lowest vote total dropped from each subsequent secret…

— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) October 24, 2023

A Republican source told the Guardian’s US politics live blog the eight candidates will each get three minutes to make a nominating speech before voting begins.

As Republicans in the House have grappled with a historic bout of disarray, Democrats have sat back and watched, saying they wouldn’t help the GOP elect a speaker without concessions.

And, for a while, the GOP appeared in no mood to collaborate. The conference last week nominated Jim Jordan to be their speaker candidate, an Ohio lawmaker who made a name for himself defending Donald Trump, promoting his lies about the 2020 election and carrying out relentless investigations of Joe Biden. Democrats condemned him as an insurrectionist during his three unsuccessful floor votes, which led Jordan to drop out of the race.

As the GOP gears up to nominate its third candidate for speaker, one Democrat has broken ranks to say they would be open to collaborating with the GOP to elect a leader for Congress’s lower chamber, but only with conditions. That’s Minnesota’s Dean Phillips, who is already on thin ice with some in his party for reportedly mulling a run against Biden:

The dysfunction in the House is a national and global security issue.

I would sit-out the Speaker vote if Tom Emmer will fund our government at negotiated levels, bring Ukraine and Israel aid bills to the floor, and commit to rules changes to make Congress work for the people.🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/K4VXJIE7aQ

— Rep. Dean Phillips 🇺🇸 (@RepDeanPhillips) October 24, 2023

Any Republican speaker candidate who accepts aid from the Democrats does so at their peril, as many in the GOP have made clear that’s a red line for them.

House Republicans to vote on new speaker candidate but deep divides remain

It’s now been three weeks to the day since rightwing Republicans and Democrats forced out Kevin McCarthy as speaker of the House, and the chamber’s GOP majority still hasn’t been able to find a replacement. The party is riven with factionalism and grievance, and two of their nominees for the post, Steve Scalise and Jim Jordan, have dropped out in the face of opposition they realized was unyielding.

This morning at 9am eastern time, the House Republican Conference is expected to begin voting on who should be their latest nominee for speaker. There are now eight candidates running after Pennsylvania lawmaker Dan Meuser quit the race yesterday, but there’s no telling if any of them can get the 217 votes necessary to win a floor vote. Tom Emmer, the third-highest-ranking Republican in the House, appears to be a frontrunner, but he’s unpopular with Donald Trump’s acolytes, and that may be enough to sink him. Other candidates to watch are Florida’s Byron Donalds, who is Trump-aligned, relatively inexperienced, and would be the first Black speaker, and Oklahoma’s Kevin Hern, who leads the large and influential Republican Study Committee. The vote is being held behind closed doors, but the House GOP is a leaky bunch, and we’ll let you know what we hear.

Here’s what else is happening today:

  • Joe Biden will this evening at 6pm ET welcome Australia’s prime minister Anthony Albanese to the White House.

  • Republican presidential aspirants are campaigning with vigor, with Tim Scott shaking hands at a variety of places in Iowa, Vivek Ramaswamy addressing the conservative Hudson Institute in Washington DC and Ron DeSantis holding a town hall with New Hampshire governor Chris Sununu.

  • Israel says it is “ready and determined” to continue its war against Hamas, as the death toll in the enclave hit 5,700. Follow our live blog for the latest on the conflict.



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