House Republicans on Tuesday evening picked Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) for their fourth nominee for Speaker, just hours after House Majority Whip Tom Emmer’s (R-Minn.) bid ended.
Emmer won the nomination after five rounds of voting, but withdrew after it became clear shortly afterward that the Minnesota lawmaker would have too many opponents to reach 217 votes on the House floor.
Johnson on Tuesday night won 128 votes, but it remains to be seen if he can get to 217.
The House has been without a Speaker for three weeks.
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