After a historic twelfth vote, Republican California Rep. Kevin McCarthy failed to garner enough support to win the Speakership on Friday despite several former holdouts flipping their votes.
In the twelfth tally, McCarthy finally gained some momentum and won 213 votes while Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan won four and Oklahoma Rep. Kevin Kern gained three votes.
Democratic New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries once again secured all Democratic votes, according to the Daily Caller.
North Carolina Rep.-elect Dan Bishop, who originally served as one of the leaders against McCarthy, flipped his vote in favor of the Californian, along with Oklahoma Rep. Josh Brecheen, Texas Rep. Michael Cloud. Georgia Rep. Andrew Clyde, Florida Rep. Byron Donalds, Florida Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, Illinois Rep. Mary Miller, South Carolina Rep. Ralph Norman, Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry, Texas Rep. Chip Roy, Texas Rep. Keith Self, Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, Tennessee Rep. Andy Ogles and Indiana Rep. Victoria Spartz.
The historic battle for the speakership in the 118th Congress will now enter a 13th round of voting, and with new momentum on his side, McCarthy will continue to vie for the office.
A Speaker of the House was not selected on day one for the first time in exactly a century, and the selection has taken longer than six votes just eight times in American history.
The 2023 speakership battle has now officially dragged on longer than any fight for the gavel since the Civil War.
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