BREAKING: Congressman Jim Jordan Fails to Reach 217 Votes for House Speaker
By Space Coast Daily // October 18, 2023
Jordan came 17 votes short of the 217 votes
(FOX NEWS) – House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan is on track to lose a second round of voting to elect a House speaker — after a number of Republicans once again voted against him.
At least 11 Republicans have voted against Jordan, who was nominated by the GOP conference last week, and he could lose only four votes. The vote in the House chamber is still ongoing.
Jordan came 17 votes short of the 217 votes needed to win the gavel on Tuesday in the first round of voting after 20 GOP lawmakers voted against him. All Democrats voted for Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, while some GOP lawmakers voted for various other Republicans.
Jordan will need to show some improvement today, or his bid could suffer further defections to other candidates. If he gains votes however, his supporters will say he has traction and there should be a third vote.
Some Republicans are now looking at expanding the powers of interim House Speaker Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., after two weeks of gridlock without a leader — an idea that has been gaining support amid the stalemate.
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