Will Steve Scalise be the next Speaker of the House?

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A day after his retirement announcement, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanRyan signals support for McCarthy as next GOP leader Paul Ryan's successor must embrace the House Freedom Caucus Bannon's Russian Federation probe cover-up plan would start two political civil wars MORE (R-Wis.) on Wednesday signaled support for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyRyan signals support for McCarthy as next GOP leader Trump, GOP leaders don't talk Mueller at private dinner Hoyer's spot as Pelosi heir challenged by younger reps MORE (R-Calif.) as his successor.

"Right now, we all need to be focused on getting our job done, getting our economy back on track, working with [President] Trump to continue on the progress we've made, and then make sure we hold the majority", said Scalise in a statement.

Fox host Brian Kilmeade asked Scalise if he anxious about the message it sent to the party over whether Paul's prospective retirement showed there was pessimism about keeping the majority.

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"I've never run against Kevin, and wouldn't run against Kevin", the Louisiana Republican said Thursday morning on Fox News.

House Speaker Paul Ryan's announcement Wednesday that he would not seek re-election triggered a battle for the position. Scalise has more appeal among the aforementioned Freedom Caucus wingnuts, but he's also seen as a loyal chain-of-command type, and has pledged not to mount a direct challenge to McCarthy.

"Steve Scalise is very popular among his colleagues and he's very high profile", said DuBos.

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Multiple House Republicans - conservative and moderate - cautioned Thursday the GOP leadership race needs to be open, and that Ryan should not presume to pick his successor. Walker said the Freedom Caucus would have more influence if GOP House numbers dwindle in 2018. The GOP members elected in November will choose the next speaker if the party retains a majority. "That election is in November, so it's not something we have to sweat right now".

Sources inside the Trump White House tell The Daily Beast that their primary concern following Ryan's announcement was that more fellow House Republicans would follow him to the exits, enhancing the likelihood that Democrats gain control of the chamber.

When restive Republicans drove Ohio Rep. John Boehner to step down as House speaker in October 2015, it was widely assumed that the Californian known for his well-honed political skills and pleasant nature would step into the role. We asked him who he thinks will be the next speaker.

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