The race is on: Who could replace McCarthy as speak­er?

After a his­toric vote to remove Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R‑CA) as speak­er, GOP law­mak­ers are scour­ing their con­fer­ence to see who could replace the Cal­i­for­nia Repub­li­can as the top House leader.
Law­mak­ers vot­ed 216–210 to remove McCarthy from his posi­tion after eight Repub­li­cans joined all Democ­rats in a his­toric rebuke to GOP lead­er­ship, leav­ing the House at a stand­still until law­mak­ers can elect a new speak­er. McCarthy lat­er announced he would not seek reelec­tion as speak­er, send­ing Repub­li­cans into a scram­ble to find a new par­ty leader, with sev­er­al names being float­ed as pos­si­ble options.
Repub­li­cans will hold a can­di­date forum next Tues­day before decid­ing on who to nom­i­nate, with the first speak­er­ship vote expect­ed as soon as the fol­low­ing Wednes­day.
Here’s who could be eye­ing the speak­er­ship:
Steve Scalise
House Major­i­ty Leader Steve Scalise (R‑LA) has been float­ed as one of the most obvi­ous replace­ments to McCarthy, espe­cial­ly as the Louisiana Repub­li­can has served as the No. 2 Repub­li­can over the last ten months.
Scalise is report­ed­ly con­sid­er­ing the posi­tion, and sev­er­al House mem­bers have called the major­i­ty leader to pledge their sup­port, a source famil­iar con­firmed to the Wash­ing­ton Exam­in­er. Sev­er­al law­mak­ers, includ­ing Rep. Matt Gaetz (R‑FL), who intro­duced the motion to vacate McCarthy, have said they’d sup­port Scalise should he r …