Steve Scalise Withdraws Bid for House Speaker

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House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) has announced he’s withdrawing his bid for House Speaker after he failed to gain enough support among House Republicans on Thursday night in a floor vote, despite winning the nomination.  A 2 1/2-hour conference meeting on Wednesday to convince holdout members to support Scalise was unsuccessful.  Some expressed concerns about Scalise’s recent blood cancer diagnosis hindering his ability to serve as Speaker.  The other potential candidates are House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH), House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-TN), and McCarthy (R-CA).  Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) is calling on Republicans to unify behind Jordan, who narrowly lost to Scalise in a conference vote.  Until a new Speaker is elected, the House cannot conduct any legislative duties and is paralyzed amidst a potential government shutdown in November and the need to pass aid to Israel after Hamas terrorists attacked last weekend.