Saturday, January 28, 2023

McCarthy did not receive the necessary votes for his election as Speaker of the House of Representatives, which is unique in a century.

(CNN) — The Republican leader in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, failed to win the votes needed to win the presidential nomination amid a complex battle at a plenary session scheduled for Tuesday. First time in 100 years.

The chamber was adjourned and deliberations will continue on Wednesday.

McCarthy has vowed to defend the House to remain in the race for the growing threat of his presidential candidacy. The last time multiple ballots were held to elect the Speaker of the House was in 1923.

This contentious and protracted battle threatened to deepen divisions within the party, with McCarthy’s political career on the line. Furthermore, the deals McCarthy has made to try to win over his critics could undermine his position of authority if he becomes Speaker of the House.

For now, McCarthy remains defiant in the face of opposition, a senior party source told CNN, and those close to him have summed up his argument as “going to war.” “You never have to hold back.”

The obstacle for McCarthy is that he is up against a small but determined core of hardline conservatives. The group is using its influence with the slim Republican majority to win concessions while threatening to deprive the party’s leader of crucial votes. McCarthy has already conceded to some of their demands, including making it easier to remove House speakers, but it is unclear whether his efforts will be enough.

How many votes does McCarthy need?

To be elected president, a candidate needs to obtain a majority of members in the chamber of the House voting in favor of a specific individual. This works out to 218 votes if a member does not abstain from voting or votes “present”.

House Republicans have 222 seats in the new Congress, so to reach McCarthy’s 218, he could only afford to lose four party votes.

The result of the first ballot was 203 votes in favor of McCarthy and 19 Republican votes for the other candidates.

The result of the second ballot was 203 votes for McCarthy and 19 for Republican Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio. Jordan, to show that he was not running for the job, proposed to McCarthy before the runoff vote. However, this move did not deter McCarthy’s critics from voting for Jordan.

A closed-door meeting of House Republicans on Capitol Hill turned tense and heated Tuesday morning as uncertainty grew over McCarthy’s fate.

According to two sources, McCarthy has made his point, lashing out at his opponents and detailing the concessions he has offered. He said, ‘I have achieved this position.

Kevin McCarthy, both Republicans, talks with Jim Jordan amid votes to define who will be the next speaker of the US House of Representatives on January 3, 2023. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

Biden on edge

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden has no plans to interfere in the process on Capitol Hill to choose a new House speaker, the White House says.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said, “The President served as a United States Senator for 34 years and understands how the process works.” “It definitely won’t come in.”

Editor’s Note: This article was updated after the last vote of the day.

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