After weeks of uncertainty, Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan has been officially nominated by his party to serve as the next Speaker of the House.
Two hundred of the House's 247 Republicans backed Paul's bid in the secret-ballot vote. His only announced rival, Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida, received 43 votes.
In a closed-door meeting Wednesday, Rep. Trey Gowdy nominated Ryan, with Reps. Jeb Hensarling and Kristi Noem seconding the nomination.
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The full election for Speaker of the House will take place in the full House on Thursday, when members of both parties will vote publicly to award the gavel.
Early this month, the House was thrown into chaos after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who was widely expected to succeed outgoing House Speaker John Boehner, abruptly dropped out of the race for the job.
"If we are going to unite and be strong, we need a new face to help do that," McCarthy said, explaining his sudden decision to exit the election on October 8.