House Republican leadership elections will take place October 8, according to Speaker John Boehner's office.
The highly anticipated races to set the new leadership team will be held behind closed doors.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy is expected to best a weak challenge from Rep. Daniel Webster to become the next speaker. If McCarthy wins, however, the race to succeed him is a toss up.
Barring a late entrant, Majority Whip Steve Scalise is facing off against Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price for the No. 2 job. If Scalise wins, his leadership seat will become vacant as well. Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry, Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, Senior Deputy Whip Dennis Ross, and Rep. Markwayne Mullin are all hoping to become the third-ranking House Republican.
Republicans could also vote on several proposed rules changes, including one that makes candidates relinquish their previous post before running for the next. If that proposed rule passes, all the elections will happen no matter the outcome of the election before it. Others are proposing a rule to punish members who vote against the speaker on the House floor.
Daniel Newhauser is a staff correspondent for National Journal, where he primarily covers the House of Representatives. He was formerly a House leadership reporter for Roll Call, where he started as an intern in 2010 and quickly earned a slot as a beat reporter.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Newhauser traveled further West to study journalism at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and write for newspapers including the East Valley Tribune and the Green Valley News & Sun.