Tom Emmer drops out of House speaker race
Why it matters: Emmer's decision brings to a stunning end the brief third chapter of the House's three-week speaker vacancy, which has paralyzed the chamber's legislative work.
The backdrop: Emmer narrowly beat conservative Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.), the vice chair of the House Republican conference, in a closed-door GOP election Tuesday afternoon.
- But a subsequent roll call vote of Republicans showed more than two dozen planned to back someone other than Emmer on the House floor.