McCarthy Loses Eleventh Ballot For House Speaker

CNBC reports:

U.S. House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., lost an 11th vote for House speaker on Thursday, his latest defeat in what has already become the longest speaker balloting process since 1859.

Ahead of the vote, two members of the bloc of 20 Republican holdouts opposing McCarthy’s speakership formally nominated alternative candidates to McCarthy: The first pick was GOP Rep. Kevin Hern of Oklahoma, who leads the influential Republican Study Committee.

The second nominee was former President Donald Trump, who was nominated by his longtime ally, Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz. Hern has consistently voted for McCarthy for speaker, but he has not said outright that he would reject the job if McCarthy withdraws his name.

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