GOP leader Kevin McCarthy has lost the third round of voting in the House’s Speakership election. To win the gavel, a member of the House needs to garner 218 votes. But currently, McCarthy holds the support of just 201 Republicans, and Freedom Caucus leader Jim Jordan (R-OH) is now gaining momentum, reeling in 20 votes from numerous high-profile conservatives.
Here is where the vote stands right now:
Despite supporting McCarthy’s bid for the Speakership with considerable fervor, Jordan is now looking like the frontrunner, without ever launching a push to win.
Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), a relatively mainstream conservative, has now flipped to Jordan, signaling a shift in support among more than just hardline Freedom Caucus-aligned Republicans.
Representative Chip Roy (R-TX) also nominated Jim Jordan for the Speakership, suggesting he would be a better alternative for the conservatives vying for change in the swamp:
Congress has adjourned for the day with the vote at 201 for McCarthy, 209 for Democrat Hakeem Jeffries, and 20 for Jordan.
The only way for Jeffries to win the Speakership is if enough of the Republican majority vote present in any future round of voting. Each present vote lowers the required number of seats needed for a victory.