U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI, 1) has apparently secured enough votes to become House speaker after two-thirds of the right-wing House Freedom Caucus threw their support behind the congressman Wednesday night.
"I'm grateful for the support of a supermajority of the House Freedom Caucus," Ryan said via statement.
Ryan is expected to garner support from two other key House Republican groups on Friday, paving the way for the congressman to be nominated as House speaker on Wednesday.
Late last month, House Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation slated for the end of October. His expected replacement, U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA,23), pulled himself out of the House speaker's race earlier this month, leaving Republicans scrambling to find a candidate for the leadership position.
Ryan stepped up Tuesday, saying he would run for House speaker only if all three GOP factions backed him and Republicans approved a list of his demands. One of them included a call to eliminate the "motion to vacate the chair," which can be used to oust the House speaker. He also demanded that his family time not be compromised.