GOP Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio failed to win the speakership during a House vote on Tuesday as 20 Republicans opposed his bid, preventing him from reaching the threshold necessary to secure the role.
The outcome means that House members will need to vote again, and there could potentially be many rounds of voting yet to come. Jordan has reportedly indicated that the second round of voting will take place on Wednesday.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who won the speakership earlier this year after a whopping 15 rounds of voting, was ousted earlier this month when eight Republicans voted with Democrats to evict him from the post. The House has been paralyzed ever since the McCarthy ouster.
According to reports, the 20 GOP legislators who voted for someone other than Jordan during the first round of voting included:
- Don Bacon of Nebraska
- Lori Chavez-DeRemer of Oregon
- Anthony D’Esposito of New York
- Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida
- Jake Ellzey of Texas
- Andrew Garbarino of New York
- Carlos Gimenez of Florida
- Tony Gonzales of Texas
- Kay Granger of Texas
- Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania
- Jen Kiggans of Virginia
- Nick LaLota of New York
- Mike Lawler of New York
- John Rutherford of Florida
- Mike Simpson of Idaho
- Steve Womack of Arkansas
- Ken Buck of Colorado
- John James of Michigan
- Doug LaMalfa of California
- Victoria Spartz of Indiana
Diaz-Balart, who was one of the Republicans who did not vote for Jordan during the first round of balloting, has openly called for a second round of voting on Tuesday. “I respectfully request the House of Representatives return immediately and begin a second vote on electing a new Speaker,” Diaz-Balart wrote to Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.).
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has claimed that a Jordan speakership “would certainly bring more chaos in the house and electoral harm.”
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