N.H. House Republicans back Jasper for Speaker again

Breaking news: Speaker of the New Hampshire House Shawn Jasper of Hudson is all but certain to be returned to the post for the 2017-18 term, as House Republicans caucusing this afternoon to choose a Speaker cast 109 votes for Jasper to 104 for Rep. Laurie Sanborn of Bedford. [Note: Jasper was elected to the Speakership by the full House on the first ballot on December 7.]

The full House will vote on a Speaker on Organization Day, December 7. Traditionally, the majority party’s choice in caucus prevails that day.That doesn’t always happen, though. After Republicans were sharply divided in caucus two years ago, ┬áJasper won the Speakership on Organization Day with help from Democrats.

Updated to add result of December 7 vote.