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Texans Pete Sessions, Roger Williams both out in whirlwind day to pick U.S. speaker

Sessions dropped out of the race after a first round of voting within the Republican conference. Williams entered the race after the apparent front-runner, Tom Emmer of Minnesota, failed to reach the 217-vote threshold, but later on Tuesday evening and the Texas lawmaker was also out.

U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Waco, and fellow House Republicans depart after a conference meeting where they held a secret ballot vote on whether to drop Rep. Jim Jordan, R-OH, out of the race for House Speaker, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Oct. 20, 2023.

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