Several Republicans who aren’t as closely associated with outgoing House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) as House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) are considering running for Speaker as Ryan’s nascent campaign is crumbling before it even begins.
The two who have, at this time, the most likely ability to unite the GOP conference and achieve well more than the necessary 218 votes on the House floor are House Energy and Commerce Committee vice chairwoman Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and former House Chief Deputy Whip Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) . Other Republicans like Reps. Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) 88% , Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) , Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) , and even current non-House member former Speaker Newt Gingrich are considering bids. More names than those have been tossed out, too.
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