House GOP to vote for new speaker
WASHINGTON- Divided House Republicans are meeting to vote on a new speaker as the front-runner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, faces a fresh challenge from the hard-line conservatives who forced outgoing Speaker John Boehner to resign.
Thursday's closed-door, secret-ballot election will produce a GOP nominee for speaker, but it will not be the final word. That won't come until Oct. 29, when the full House votes in open session for speaker.
Many of the conservatives who oppose Boehner are eager to deny McCarthy the chance to advance. Members of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus announced Wednesday they would be backing a different candidate, congressman Daniel Webster of Florida.