Story by Scott Wong and Sahil Kapur and Ali Vitali and Kyle Stewart and Alexandra Bacallao and Julia Jester and Kate Santaliz •

WASHINGTON — Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., on Thursday night informed Republicans in a closed-door meeting that he was dropping his bid to be House speaker, one day after he captured the GOP’s nomination for the top job.

Moments later, Scalise, the No. 2 Republican in leadership, confirmed the news to reporters outside the room.

“I just shared with my colleagues that I’m withdrawing my name as candidate for the speaker designee,” Scalise said.

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