Wednesday, October 18, 2023, 3:08 p.m
WASHINGTON— The House is expected to vote on the next speaker on Wednesday morning on a second ballot after Rep. Jim Jordan failed to win the speakership on Tuesday when 20 Republicans voted against him.
Jordan, a conservative firebrand, staunch Donald Trump supporter and founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, won his party’s nomination last week after House Majority Leader Steve Scalise dropped out of the race.
The Ohio congressman now faces an uphill battle for the 217 votes he needs to win the gavel.
Jordan is poised to lose in a second round vote to choose a speaker on Wednesday, but the Ohio Republican shows no signs of giving up.
While Jordan continues to try to influence renegade Republicans, only California Rep. Doug LaMalfa has announced a change of heart after the first round of voting. LaMalfa initially voted for his fellow Californian McCarthy – and now says he will support Jordan and not the former speaker in the second round.
But the 19 other Republicans who beat Jordan in the first round have not yet publicly changed their stance, and Jordan is actually expected to lose more representatives in the second round.
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