Just after noon on Tuesday, Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) won the House GOP’s nomination to be Speaker.
About four hours later, he dropped out.
According to a source familiar with his bid, Emmer is out of the race. He was seen briskly walking out of a GOP conference meeting on Tuesday afternoon and into a waiting car.
Emmer’s bid was undone by about two dozen GOP holdouts and a forceful statement from Donald Trump that made it clear to him and every other Republican that he would never have the 217 votes needed to win the gavel on the floor.
Now, for the fourth time in three weeks, House Republicans are fully back to square one without a Speaker nominee. Seemingly fully broken by the removal of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Oct. 3, Republicans must figure out how to resolve an unprecedented leadership crisis and internal civil war.