With the increasing likelihood that the speaker’s race could go to multiple ballots – something that hasn’t happened since 1923 – McCarthy’s allies and foes alike are starting to quietly game out the next steps if he can’t get the necessary 218 votes on the first round and they move into uncharted territory.
McCarthy’s supporters are vowing to keep voting for him on multiple ballots, and GOP sources said there are early discussions about a floor strategy for that potential scenario, including whether to recess the House or let the votes keep rolling – no matter how long it takes.
To prevent that from happening, McCarthy and his team have been engaged in serious talks with a group of conservatives, including over potentially giving them influential committee assignments and more power to drive the legislative process.
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New — McCarthy’s math problem has House Rs struggling to figure out their plan B. Talks continue with dissident Rs to give them more sway. Some Rs warn they could work with Ds to elect a moderate speaker. And McCarthy warns: “I’ll never leave.” w @MZanona https://t.co/73EMAEAF2E
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 9, 2022