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Dan Webster's bid for House speaker ends this afternoon

U.S. Rep. Dan Webster, R-Winter Garden


U.S. Rep. Dan Webster, R-Winter Garden



UPDATE: Ryan is headed to the Speaker's Office. He got 200 votes from fellow Republicans; Webster got a not-too-shabby 43.

Congressman Dan Webster’s quixotic attempt to become speaker of the U.S. House comes to an end this afternoon when Republicans will vote to nominate Paul Ryan, setting up confirmation Thursday by the full chamber.

Webster never had a chance — there was a sliver after Kevin McCarthy withdrew a couple weeks ago and the Freedom Caucus endorsed the Florida Republican - but he did call attention to a top-down administration that left many members feeling marginalized. Ryan has shown sympathy to that view.

Now, Webster has to worry about keeping his job. Redistricting is looking bleak for him and on Tuesday, the Florida Supreme Court ruled he cannot intervene in the legal battle.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 3:12pm]


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