McCarthy Loses Third Ballot Bid for Speaker

U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California failed in his third try for the speakership this afternoon, as his fellow Republican Jim Jordan summoned a sufficient number of votes (218) to prevent McCarthy from becoming speaker.

The GOP was in disarray as they again failed to coalesce and the House adjourned until tomorrow without a fourth vote.

McCarthy could not afford to lose four votes, and on the third ballot, Jordan – his name put in nomination by a clutch of GOP lawmakers on the right – had received 12 votes and counting.

“We on our third round of voting and it will come out the same,” U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10) told InsiderNJ. “I have it memorized.”

Jefferies 212

McCarthy 202

Jordan 19.

“It might be 20 now,” Payne added. “Someone just changed from McCarthy. They are in total disarray while the Democrats remain consistent and committed.”

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