In one of the shortest speaker nominations yet, Representative Tom Emmer (R-Minn) will not pursue Speaker of the House.
Emmer’s hat was tossed in the ring around noon Tuesday, with Punchbowl’s Jake Sherman posting on X that Emmer was stepping down roughly five hours later.
During an internal vote on Tuesday, Emmer failed to snag the votes of 26 Republicans, leaving him well shy of the necessary 217 votes needed to become Speaker.
Emmer’s failed candidacy marks nearly a month of Republicans trying — and failing — to get a fresh Speaker after Kevin McCarthy was ousted from the role in a historic vote earlier this month.
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