McCarthy Again Loses Speaker Vote In Second Ballot

The Associated Press reports:

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy fell short in his bid for the Speakership for a second time on Tuesday. Nineteen Republicans voted for Rep. Jim Jordan in the second round so far, all but guaranteeing that the gavel is still out of McCarthy’s reach. To win, the embattled legislator cannot lose more than four members.

Jordan nabbed six GOP votes in the first round, despite previously stating that he did not want the job.

Nineteen House Republicans backed someone other than McCarthy in the initial vote. McCarthy ended up finishing second behind House Democrats’ new leader Hakeem Jeffries. McCarthy clinched 203 votes, while Jeffries won the support of all 212 members of his caucus.

Read the full article. Final vote: 212-203-19-0.