It’s Newsmax, so take with the requisite grains of salt, but conceivably, if Scalise has no way to get to 217 he would have to withdraw at some point.
Source: Boing Boing
Realizing that running for GOP House Speaker is a loser’s game, Majority Leader Steve Scalise is dropping out of the race, reports Newsmax.
“Steve Scalise will not be able to garner the 217 votes needed to become Speaker of the House,” said a Newsmax reporter today. “Scalise is expected to drop out of the race that could come as soon as today. If that does happen, we’re hearing that Jim Jordan could jump back into the race.”
If Rep. “Gym” Jordan, who garnered even less support than Scalise this week after a vote of 99–113, is dumb enough to “jump back in,” he could be competing against Majority Whip Tom Emmer, Newsmax goes on to report.
Ron Filipkowski with the clip.
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And of course the prescient graphic from MeidasTouch.