House conservative group backs Webster, complicates Speaker race

danielwebsterBy Susan Cornwell and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A small but influential bloc of conservative Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives threw its support behind a longshot candidate for House Speaker on Wednesday, complicating the party’s efforts to elect John Boehner’s successor. The approximately 40-member House Freedom Caucus agreed to vote for Representative Daniel Webster in a secret nominating ballot on Thursday, showcasing its clout as it tries to push the chamber’s Republican leadership to the right to battle President Barack Obama through 2016. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is considered the front-runner in Thursday’s intra-party vote.

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