WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have picked Rep. Tom Emmer as their nominee for House speaker.
The nominee now goes to the full House for a vote.
It’s three weeks since Republicans ousted Kevin McCarthy.
The House speaker will need to accomplish the seemingly impossible job of uniting the GOP majority.
Emmer of Minnesota jumped ahead as the top vote-getter on early round ballots and was battling Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana on a fifth ballot.
Others are dropping out including Florida newcomer Byron Donalds, who’s aligned with Donald Trump, and Kevin Hern of Oklahoma.
The nominee will also need to win a majority in a House floor vote.