THIRD TIME’S A HARM? Jordan Cancels Third Speaker Vote, Backs Move to Empower McHenry

House Judiciary Chairman and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan has canceled the third vote for Speaker of the House after failing to hit the magic number the first two times around; he will back a temporary solution including backing Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry through January.

From Fox News:

Jordan lost support on the second ballot yesterday — scoring only 199 votes yesterday after getting only 200 in the first ballot.

He needed 217 to become Speaker and could afford few Republican defections. Fox News was told he was expected to lose further votes in a ballot on Thursday.

Jordan’s team had said they intended to keep going with a third vote, with supporters optimistic that he could gain support. However, there had also been other potential candidates emerging from the wings amid the stalemate.

Republicans had held a closed-door meeting at 11am amid escalating tensions within the House GOP, with several of Jordan’s critics stating that they had gotten credible threats because they did not vote for him for speaker. Jordan has repeatedly condemned those threats.

Prominent conservative voices didn’t take the news well on social media.



This story is developing…






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