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Fed-up House Republicans united on need for a speaker this week but divided on if they’ll get one

House Republicans are feeling the pressure of needing to elect a new speaker after weeks of congressional paralysis – but whether there will be one this week remains to be seen, several of them said.

“Fifty-fifty would be my prediction,” Rep. Nick LaLota, R-N.Y., told Fox News Digital on Monday night. “It seems like there’s less emotion in the room. There’s less stubbornness, there’s more reasonability.”

GOP lawmakers held a speaker candidate forum on Monday evening ahead of a conference-wide vote on their next nominee for the gavel. It’s their third time in three weeks hosting such an event, and Tuesday will mark three weeks since ex-Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s historic ouster.

Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., and Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio – two of the highest-profile House Republicans after McCarthy – were both forced out of the race because they were unable to win over the 217 Republicans needed for victory.

Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Texas, said “sheer exhaustion” within the GOP conference would help bring an end to the saga.

“I don’t know of anybody in there that wants this to go on longer than tomorrow. Literally, regardless of who they’re supporting,” Fallon said, adding that constituents want them “to get this done today.”

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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