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Paul Ryan appears to firm up votes for speaker's bid, though GOP divisions remain

Paul Ryan appears to firm up votes for speaker's bid, though GOP divisions remain

Rep. Paul D. Ryan appeared to have locked up the votes Wednesday to become the next speaker of the House after a key conservative faction gave its support, even though he failed to win the kind of sweeping unanimity he had been seeking from the fractious Republican majority.

Ryan signaled, though, that the backing from a supermajority of the House Freedom Caucus might be enough -- a potential truce with the renegade group that also fell short in its efforts to demand rule changes from the new speaker.

“I’m grateful for the support of a supermajority of the House Freedom Caucus,” Ryan said after the late Wednesday caucus vote. “I believe this...

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