2 more GOP groups back Ryan, opening door to a new speaker

Paul Ryan
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, following meetings with House Republican leaders and the Freedom Caucus members. Ryan seeking unity in a place it's rarely found, is telling House Republicans he will serve as their speaker only if they embrace him by week's end as their consensus candidate. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON (AP) – All three House Republican groups that Rep. Paul Ryan said must support him before he runs for speaker have lined up behind him. That makes it all but certain that he will take the chamber’s top job.

The huge Republican Study Committee represents mainstream House conservatives and claims over 170 members. It said Thursday Ryan is “the right person to lead the House going forward.”

Minutes earlier, the Tuesday Group, representing GOP moderates, praised him for being thoughtful and willing to work across the aisle.

Both groups’ support had been expected.

Ryan cleared his biggest hurdle late Wednesday, when most members of the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus voted to support him.

The House is scheduled to choose the new speaker next week.

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