House leadership vote next week

WASHINGTON — Elections for Speaker John Boehner’s successor — and other potential leadership openings — will take place next week.

“After consulting with our conference, a large majority of our members have made clear they want these elections held next week,” the Ohio Republican said Wednesday. “With their considerations in mind, the House leadership elections will take place on Thursday, October 8.”

However, many Republicans wanted to have the elections closer to Boehner’s Oct. 30 resignation to allow more “listening sessions” on how to ease conference dysfunction and to evaluate how candidates would respond to the challenges ahead.

Contenders include Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., for speaker, with McCarthy the favorite to win. Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and Budget Chairman Tom Price, R-S.C., are going head to head to fill McCarthy’s role if he were to win speaker. If Scalise wins the majority leader race, at least four lawmakers are eyeing the whip slot: Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry, Rules Chairman Pete Sessions, and Reps. Markwayne Mullin and Dennis Ross.

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