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.
On the anniversary of General Cornwallis' surrender at Yorktown, the RINOs that are opposing Jim Jordan have decided they would rather surrender the GOP House Majority than vote him Speaker.
Instead of electing a conservative Speaker, they want to give Rep. Patrick McHenry…
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) October 19, 2023
Jim Jordan is a SPECTACULAR Speaker candidate with +90% GOP Caucus support & unified Republican grassroots voter support
The pretentious, insufferable, fussy, pearl-clutching 20 Republicans have yet to make *any* coherent argument against Jordan & are giving the House to Pelosi
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) October 19, 2023
Very bad news:
Jim Jordan is dropping out of the Speaker’s race and is supporting Patrick McHenry as a Temporary Speaker until January 3rd.
In this time, Jim Jordan will technically remain “Speaker Designee” but that is irrelevant.
The establishment wins this round in a major…
— Joey Mannarino (@JoeyMannarinoUS) October 19, 2023
A warning for the GOP. If you allow Hakeem Jeffries to become Speaker instead of Jim Jordan, I will do everything I can to make sure you all lose in the Primary election next year.
We need Conservatives who are willing to fight for us
— 🇺🇸Travis🇺🇸 (@Travis_in_Flint) October 19, 2023
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