(ConservativeHub.com) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who served between 1995 and 1999, appeared in a recent poll to be Republican voters’ choice for the Speakership following McCarthy’s removal from his office.
As reported by Newsmax, an InsiderAdvantage survey found that 53 percent of the 850 respondents asked were supportive of Gingrich becoming the House Speaker. Not only that, the former Speaker was leading by 42 percentage points against the second-place option, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio. The Ohio lawmaker has already announced that he’s launching a bid for the Speaker’s office.
While Gingrich is no longer serving in public office, he continues to be eligible to become the House Speaker. This is because according to the House rules, it is not a requirement for the Speaker to be an elected House Representative.
On Tuesday, October 3, Gingrich blasted Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., for bringing forward the motion to vacate which led to McCarthy losing his seat.
Former President Donald Trump, who has been suggested by a few lawmakers, was not an option in the poll. On Wednesday, Trump stated that his focus right now was on the 2024 presidential race but that he was not completely against the possibility of becoming the House Speaker. Previously, he had claimed to have no interest in the role.
Taking third place in the poll was Steve Scalise with 3 percent, followed by Elise Stefanik and Tom Emmer, both of whom got 2 percent, and Garret Graves and Tom Cole who received 1 percent each. The poll’s margin of error was 3.36 percentage points.
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