House Republicans held multiple rounds of voting on Tuesday to narrow the field of candidates for the speakership selection.
According to reports, House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) won the party’s nomination with 117 votes over Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.), who garnered 97 votes.
However, in another vote only a few hours later, 21 Republicans voted for someone other than Emmer and five lawmakers voted present, indicating that he would not have had enough support to win the speakership if an actual House vote were held.
Former President Donald Trump also issued a statement criticizing Emmer and suggesting that lawmakers should not back him.
“I have many wonderful friends wanting to be Speaker of the House, and some are truly great Warriors. RINO Tom Emmer, who I do not know well, is not one of them. He never respected the Power of a Trump Endorsement, or the breadth and scope of MAGA—MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” Trump wrote in the social media post.
“He fought me all the way, and actually spent more time defending Ilhan Omar, than he did me—He is totally out-of-touch with Republican Voters. I believe he has now learned his lesson, because he is saying that he is Pro-Trump all the way, but who can ever be sure? Has he only changed because that’s what it takes to win? The Republican Party cannot take that chance, because that’s not where the America First Voters are. Voting for a Globalist RINO like Tom Emmer would be a tragic mistake!” Trump wrote.
The House has been without a Speaker since earlier this month, when Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) vacated the position.
The House GOP then nominated House Majority Leader Steve Scalise for the role, but he subsequently withdrew his candidacy.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) was then selected as their nominee, however he was unable to garner sufficient support in three separate House votes and his bid ultimately failed.
5:30 PM was the deadline for announced candidates for House Speaker.
The following are the officially announced candidates to the House Republican Conference:
Byron Donalds (FL)
Chuck Fleischmann (TN)
Mark Green (TN)
Kevin Hern (OK)
Mike Johnson (LA)
Roger Williams (TX)