In a surprising turn of events, Republican Representative Kevin Hern of Oklahoma has dropped out of the race for Speaker and announced his endorsement for Representative Mike Johnson of Louisiana. Hern made the announcement shortly after a closed-door meeting with Republicans on Tuesday evening. This unexpected move has left political analysts speculating about the reasons behind Hern’s decision. It is unclear whether Hern’s withdrawal will have any impact on the outcome of the Speaker race or if it will sway the opinions of other Republican representatives. The support of Mike Johnson by Hern may give Johnson additional credibility and support as he continues his bid for the speakership.
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