Monday, January 30, 2023

McCarthy fails to win House leadership after 2 votes

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – Republican leader Kevin McCarthy failed to become House speaker after two votes on Tuesday, a historic defeat with a clear mandate, a shaky start to the new Congress.

McCarthy needed 218 votes on the floor of the House, but received only 203 in both rounds, one less than Democrat Hakeem Jefferies in the Republican-majority chamber.

McCarthy promised a “fight on the floor” as long as it took him to overcome fellow Republicans who had refused to give him their vote. But it was unclear how the embattled Republican leader could bounce back after becoming the first speaker of the House in 100 years and receiving no support from his party colleagues in the initial vote.

Before the second ballot, his rival-turned-ally, conservative Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, who had received six votes in the first round, urged his colleagues, including those supporting him as the alternative, to drop out. For. ,

Jordan said of McCarthy, “We have to close ranks with him.”

But Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida again strongly endorsed Jordan, highlighting the chaos within the party.

“I stand to nominate the most talented and hardworking member of the Republican convention who just gave a more thoughtful speech than I’ve heard from the alternatives,” Gaetz said.

Jordan received 19 votes in the runoff.

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