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Paul Ryan Nominated for Speaker

By JM Rieger and Emma Dumain and Lindsey McPherson

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Republicans nominated Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., for speaker Wednesday, all but ensuring he is selected to succeed John A. Boehner in Thursday’s vote on the House floor.Ryan was backed by the vast majority of the conference in the secret ballot election, receiving 200 votes, according to an official readout of the results. Forty-three members voted for Rep. Daniel Webster, a Florida Republican whose supporters think Ryan is too enmeshed in the establishment, while Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., each received a single vote. Standing alongside GOP leaders after the meeting, Ryan gave a brief statement to reporters and took no questions. “This begins a new day in the House of Representatives. … Tomorrow, we are going to turn the page,” he said. “We are going to move forward, we are going to unify.” Read more.

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