Conservatives emerged from a late Tuesday night gathering in which they questioned a trio of candidates to be the next House speaker, only to report that none of the three has likely secured the support of the 218 Republicans needed to win when the election takes place Oct. 29.
“I wouldn’t predict there is one at this point if there was a vote right now this night,” said Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, as he left the forum, which was held near the Capitol at Republican headquarters. “Hopefully by Thursday we can get there but it’s going to be difficult.”
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., made their pitches before a closed-door forum hosted by three conservative House caucus groups, including the Freedom Caucus, whose members frequently clashed with the current GOP leadership.
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