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Homehouse of representativesHere are 4 of the likely contenders to replace McCarthy as speaker

Here are 4 of the likely contenders to replace McCarthy as speaker

Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s decision not to seek the top job again after being ousted by members of his own party caught many by surprise on Tuesday evening — while also creating a power vacuum to take over the gavel.

GOP lawmakers have already started putting in calls to colleagues in the hours after McCarthy, R-Calif., stepped aside.

The House Republican conference is expected to have a candidate forum for House speaker on Tuesday next week followed by elections on Wednesday.

Jordan has been one of three committee chairs leading a high-profile investigation into President Biden and his family.

A source familiar with Jordan’s thinking told Fox News Digital on Tuesday night that the Judiciary Chair has been reaching out to colleagues to gauge interest about a potential run for speaker. 

Jim Jordan speaks before House subcommittee

House Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan during a hearing. (Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Elizabeth Elkind is a reporter for Fox News Digital focused on Congress as well as the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and politics. Previous digital bylines seen at Daily Mail and CBS News.

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