McCarthy Loses Seventh Ballot For House Speaker

Politico reports:

The House gaveled in at noon, and for the seventh time in three days, McCarthy was formally nominated for speaker — this time by Michigan Republican John James. Rep. Dan Bishop (R-N.C.) nominated the current anti-McCarthy option, Bryon Donalds. And just as the previous six votes went, McCarthy failed to clear the 218-vote threshold.

Following the news that the two opposing sides traded proposals overnight, McCarthy held a closed-door meeting with members to “discuss the rules package & the Speaker position” at 11 a.m. And just before noon, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), a McCarthy antagonist, was spotted entering McCarthy’s office.

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