GOP nominates Rep. Paul Ryan as House speaker

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WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Wednesday nominated Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan as their candidate for speaker of the House of Representatives.

It's a move they hope will unite their fractured camp.

Republican leadership said Ryan, 45, won a closed-door election for the party's pick to replace Speaker John Boehner, who announced last month he is stepping down on October 30.

A full vote on the floor of the Republican-controlled House is scheduled for Thursday, and barring any disaster Ryan will be elevated to the most important job in Congress.

Ryan will step into a job he repeatedly insisted he didn't want after easily defeating Florida Republican Daniel Webster for the top House leadership post.

The full House is expected to elect Ryan on Thursday.