House Republicans just elected Paul Ryan as their speaker nominee
On Wednesday afternoon, House Republicans took an internal vote and chose Rep. Paul Ryan as their candidate for speaker of the House. According to one congressman, 200 Republicans in the conference voted for Ryan, 43 voted for Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida, and one each voted for Reps. Marsha Blackburn and Kevin McCarthy.
Republican leaders said 45-year-old Ryan won a closed-door election to replace Speaker John Boehner, who announced last month that he is stepping down. A full vote on the floor of the Republican controlled House is scheduled for today.
There was no real drama in todays vote. Ryan only needed to win a majority of Republicans to be chosen as his party speaker candidate. Outgoing Speaker John Boehner, who is resigning due to far-right opposition to his leadership, has not had any trouble doing that. And Ryans only actual opponent, Webster, was not viewed as a serious candidate.