House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R‑LA) announced on Thursday evening that he is ending his bid for speaker after failing to muster enough support to win the gavel.
In confirming the decision to reporters, after making his intentions known to fellow Republicans in a members-only discussion, Scalise said, “There are still schisms that have to be resolved.”
Rep. Steve Scalise (R‑LA) announces he is withdrawing from the speaker race. pic.twitter.com/G9EbSSeGMx
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Scalise edged out Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R‑OH) 113–99 in a secret ballot vote for the GOP nomination on Wednesday, but more than 24 hours later a couple dozen GOP members either opposed him or were undecided.
Once he withdrew from the contest for speaker, Scalise said he intends to remain as majority leader and indicated that he would p …