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House Republicans Nominate Scalise to Replace Ousted Speaker McCarthy

Scalise is currently No. 2 on the Republican leadership ladder

Republicans who control the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday nominated Steve Scalise to serve as speaker following last week's ouster of Kevin McCarthy, though it was unclear whether he had enough support to win a vote of the full chamber.

Scalise, who is currently No. 2 on the Republican leadership ladder, must still win approval from the full House before he can claim the speaker's gavel. Republicans can afford only a handful of defections as they control the chamber by a narrow 221-212 majority and Democrats are not expected to vote for any Republican candidate.

"We're working hard to get unified. We need to get unified because the world is not waiting," Scalise, told reporters after the vote. "Obviously, we still have work to do."

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