Byron Donalds rocked the floor by switching the vote from McCarthy to Jordan
Byron Donalds-elect on Tuesday switched his vote for House speaker from Rep. Kevin McCarthy to Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, chipping away at the McCarthy threshold. beat the hammer.
Donalds supported McCarthy for the first two votes, leaving no candidate to reach the 218 needed after 19 Republican withdrawals—the first time in nearly a century that an extra vote was needed for a majority candidate.
Some misguided Republicans voted in the first round for Reps. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., Jordan, Jim Banks, Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., and Donald himself. Jordan received non-McCarthy GOP votes in the second and third rounds. Democrats, meanwhile, are united around elected representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York.
On the third ballot, Donalds was asked about his choice and chose Jordan, bringing to 20 the number of Republicans who would vote for anyone other than McCarthy. Jordan said he supports McCarthy.
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Donald’s vote sparked immediate uproar in the House, as well as applause from Republican lawmakers who opposed McCarthy’s nomination. In the end, Jordan received 20 GOP votes, while McCarthy received 202 and Jeffries 212 Democratic votes.
In an interview with Kudlow after the vote, Donalds said he changed his vote because he didn’t believe McCarthy still had 218 votes.
“I voted for Kevin on the first two ballots, and it’s not clear if he has the votes,” she said.
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He said McCarthy has the ability to cross the threshold, but “there’s a lot of work to be done.”
“I think if you’re asking members to vote over and over again to try to wear people down, I think it’s going to have the opposite effect,” he said. “The way I see it is to call suspension, go into the room, figure it out, have these conversations, and then move up.”
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Shortly after the vote, the House adjourned until noon Wednesday, meaning the House will not elect a speaker until at least then. No member has been sworn in and cannot be sworn in until the chairman is elected.
Fox News’ Kelly Fares and Jessica Chasmar contributed to this report.
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