(The Hill) Chatter is growing louder on Capitol Hill that Paul Ryan's days as Speaker are numbered.
Four House Republicans, including a senior lawmaker close to leadership, told The Hill they expect Ryan to step down after Tuesday's elections, arguing that he faces a daunting path to the 218 votes he needs to win a full two-year term leading the House GOP.
Aides to the Wisconsin Republican insist he isn't going anywhere and that he's completely focused right now on protecting the GOP's majority in the lower chamber.
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"He is running. The Speaker's only focus until Election Day is defeating Democrats and protecting our majority, and nothing else," Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said.