Ryan gains support of key conservatives for speaker job

U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) talks to reporters as he walks at the end of the day of the House Freedom Caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Susan Cornwell and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A supermajority of the House of Representatives’ firebrand conservative Republicans on Wednesday threw their support behind Paul Ryan to be the next speaker and said they have provided him enough votes to win the race. About two-thirds of the approximately 40 House “Freedom Caucus” members voted to back Ryan for speaker if he formally enters the contest, according to the Republican lawmakers who emerged from a closed-door session to discuss Ryan’s fate.

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