House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) has removed himself from the race to become the next Speaker after failing to get the required support of 217 fellow Republicans during a closed-door session of the GOP Caucus on Thursday, according to reports.
Fox News noted that following the meeting, Scalise called on his party, which has a slim majority in the House, to put their political differences aside and unify behind a candidate. Some reports have suggested that Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan could not be seen as the frontrunner in the race.
“If you look at over the last few weeks, if you look at where our conferences there’s still work to be done,” the Louisiana Republicans said. “Our conference still has to come together and is not there.