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Steve Scalise

Q&A: How does the House elect a new speaker?

At noon on Thursday, Republicans will gather behind closed doors and vote by secret ballot for their candidate for the most powerful job in the House, a post that's second in line to the presidency — Speaker of the House. The Republican caucus — at 247, the largest majority in more than 80 years — will select its nominee to replace Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who has announced he is stepping down at the end of October after nearly five years in the post. But that's not the final word. The full House — 435 Republicans and Democrats — will vote for speaker on Oct. 29. Some questions and answers about the selection process: ___ WHAT DOES THE...