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Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) fell short in his attempt to secure the Speakership, with increasing numbers of Republicans withdrawing their backing.

In the latest vote for the position, Jordan secured 199 votes, falling behind House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), who received 212. Other votes went to Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Steve Scalise (R-La.), and ten were cast for different individuals.

The changing stance from 22 Republicans over two days hindered Jordan’s chances, with 20 initially withholding their support and another four switching their votes the following day. However, after the vote, Jordan remained optimistic, stating, “I think we’re at, we got 200 votes. You know, we picked up some today, a couple dropped off, but they voted for me before. I think they come back again. So we’ll keep talking to members. Keep working on it.”

Some GOP members see this impasse as an opportunity to bolster Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) in light of the division within the Republican ranks over the Speaker’s role. Comments from both supporters and opponents of Jordan suggest an uncertain path ahead, as Rep. Marc Molinaro (R-N.Y.) commented on the need to “empower the Speaker pro temp so that we get back to work.”


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