Donalds drops out as Emmer wins nomination for speaker of the House

Reporter: Claire Galt Writer: Nicholas Karsen
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Republicans are trying to decide on who will be nominated for the speaker of the House of Representatives and one of Florida’s own is in contention.

Representative Tom Emmer wins the nomination for the speaker of the House.

Byron Donalds confirmed to had dropped out the race, leaving four candidates in the race.

Durins a closed-door nomination process, Tuesday morning, Congressman Byron Donalds of Florida has made it among the top three contenders.

WINK News Reporter Claire Galt quickly interviewed Donalds about his position in the House Speaker race (watch above).

The vote is expected to take all day and includes five other candidates. After several repeated votes the candidate list went down and Donalds has maintained third place as the choice for the Republican nominee for House speaker.

Donalds announced his bid for the Speaker of the House on Oct. 20, amid the three-weeklong position vacancy.

The role of House Speaker has been up for grabs since the historic vote ousting Kevin Mcarthy from the position after a far-right revolt over his reliance on Democrats to pass funding to avert a government shutdown in early October.

This is the second time the Naples Congressman attempted the role of House speaker. In early January he ran against then-Speaker Kevin Mcarthy during the unprecedented six rounds of voting for the position.

Six candidates are currently in competition for the position of House Speaker, which also includes Austin Scott, Kevin Hern, Tom Emmer, Jack Bergman, Mike Johnson and Byron Donalds.

The vote for the next House Speaker is set to occur Tuesday morning, with Emmer being the front-runner amongst the candidates.

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