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Tom Emmer Secures GOP Nomination for Speaker on Third Attempt On Tuesday, House Republicans nominated Tom Emmer, the House Majority Whip from Minnesota, as their candidate for Speaker of the House. Emmer is the third Republican to vie for the position in the last three weeks, aiming to secure the 217 votes needed to clinch the gavel.

Chosen through a confidential ballot in an internal election that spanned three hours, Emmer emerged victorious over six other contenders. Two GOP candidates opted to withdraw from the race before the voting commenced.

At 62 years old, Emmer now faces the challenging task of garnering sufficient support on the House floor, a feat that eluded the previous two Republican nominees for Speaker. To win, he will need at least 217 votes, assuming all lawmakers are present and cast their votes for a specific candidate.

The road ahead may be steep for Emmer. During the internal GOP conference, he secured 117 votes in the final tally, while Mike Johnson, the House Republican Conference Vice Chair from Louisiana, received 97 votes. A subsequent roll call vote revealed approximately 20 lawmakers still on the fence.

Emmer’s voting record could also pose challenges. He has supported legislation that codifies same-sex marriage and has voted for spending bills and a debt ceiling agreement that have angered conservative hard-liners. He also voted against objections to the 2020 election results on January 6, 2021.

Rep. Rich Allen of Georgia has already stated he won’t support Emmer due to his vote in favor of the Respect for Marriage Act, which grants federal protections to same-sex marriages and was passed by Congress last year.

Additionally, Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina indicated that the conservative House Freedom Caucus is not yet committed to supporting Emmer. “We plan to meet with whoever becomes the nominee to discuss their intended roles and objectives,” Norman said.