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For Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), former President Donald Trump’s “Complete & Total Endorsement” was not enough to rally the House Republican conference behind his bid for the Speaker’s gavel.

But for Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), the No. 3 ranking Republican in the House, Trump’s public opposition was enough to effectively end his time as the party’s Speaker nominee hours after it began.

The scramble among House Republicans to elect a Speaker, which concluded Wednesday, illustrated both the depths and limits of Trump’s influence over the conference.


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