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Paul Ryan endorses Kevin McCarthy as next speaker

Paul Ryan endorses Kevin McCarthy as next speaker

"We all believe Kevin is the right person, we all think Kevin is the right person", Ryan said.

"First, the pressure preventing Kevin McCarthy from becoming speaker was very strong last time and will likely be repeated", Reed said in a statement.

It also remains to be seen whether Ryan will stay on as speaker for the rest of the year or step aside sooner to let Republicans pick a new leader before November.

McCarthy's highest-profile rival for the top job this time around, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, has said he'd defer to McCarthy - although Rep. Jim Jordan of North Carolina, the leader of the powerful hardline Freedom Caucus, has publicly mused about running for speaker himself. "The California Teacher Association and the California Labor Federation endorsed our campaign this week; those are the endorsements that matter, not those of Paul Ryan", Matta said. One senior White House official declined show a favorite right now for the future speaker. It also comes as the GOP girds for a tough fight to keep control of the House this year. But that doesn't solve the GOP's problem of who will succeed Ryan, if not McCarthy.

Of course, there is a good chance that neither Scalise nor McCarthy will get to hold the speaker's gavel.

The leader of the conservative group, Rep. Mark Meadows, has said relations with McCarthy have since improved.

So far McCarthy is only saying there isn't a race for Speaker yet.

While Ryan is not retiring until the end of the term in January, frontrunners have already emerged to take over the speaker job. Rumblings from the conservative Freedom Caucus that he wasn't conservative enough led McCarthy to withdraw his bid hours before his Republican colleagues were set to cast a vote.

There was no immediate response from the offices of McCarthy or Scalise on Jordan's possible candidacy. For another, Republicans may be jockeying to become the next minority leader, since Democrats now hold a significant polling advantage on generic congressional ballots.