Repub­li­cans tap Emmer as speak­er nom­i­nee

Repub­li­cans tapped Major­i­ty Whip Tom Emmer (R‑MN) as their speak­er-des­ig­nate dur­ing a closed-door can­di­date elec­tion on Tues­day morn­ing, defeat­ing Rep. Mike John­son (R‑LA) in the final round.
The vic­to­ry makes him the third law­mak­er to secure the par­ty’s nom­i­na­tion as the House scram­bles to elect a new leader just three weeks before the gov­ern­ment is sched­uled to shut down.
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The closed-door elec­tion marks the third time House Repub­li­cans have cho­sen a speak­er-des­ig­nate in as many weeks, with GOP law­mak­ers seek­ing to move his nom­i­na­tion to the floor for a full vote as ear­ly as Tues­day after­noon.
Repub­li­cans start­ed the day with eight can­di­dates on the secret bal­lot, which short­ly fell to sev­en after Rep. Gary Palmer (R‑AL) announced he would drop his bid moments before vot­ing began.
Mem­bers went through four rounds of vot­ing, of which Emmer emerged as the …