Boehner renominated for House speaker

Rep. John Boehner (R)

Rep. John Boehner (R)

(CNN) — House Speaker John Boehner received a standing ovation after being renominated to his position Wednesday by the House Republican Conference.

Nominated by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Boehner gained support from members of his party to continue his speakership. He will be formally elected by a vote in the House of Representatives when the 113th Congress convenes in January.

Cantor was also re-nominated as House majority leader.

Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas rose in the meeting and nominated former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, according to sources in the room, but no one seconded that nomination.

While five congressional races remain undecided, Republicans maintained control of the House majority in last week’s elections. As of now, Republicans will outnumber Democrats 234-196 in the next Congress. Democrats, however, hold narrow leads in all five House races considered too close to call.

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