During the closed-door conference, Ryan won just 200 votes for the nomination. Former Florida House Speaker Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) earned a whopping 43 votes. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) —who isn’t officially running for Speaker—received one vote. House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who dropped out of the Speakership race a couple weeks ago, got one vote as well.
The strong internal opposition “tells me that the conservative [GOP] members are still feeling a lot of pressure from their constituents back home who want a change to business-as-usual in Washington,” she said. Ryan did win the official nomination of the House GOP conference. But if conservatives across America keep the pressure up heading into Thursday, and conservatives in Congress hold the line against Ryan, he could lose on Thursday.