Kevin McCarthy received 14 votes but lost in the 12th round
McCarthy, a California native who cut a good figure when he entered the House, ousted 14 of a group of far-right Republicans who staunchly opposed his nomination in Tuesday’s first round of voting. However, he fell short by 5 votes.
There is still no light at the end of the tunnel for Kevin McCarthy. The California Republican lost his 12th consecutive vote to become speaker of the United States House of Representatives on Friday. McCarthy, who had not topped 203 votes in 11 previous polls, won the House on Friday’s opening vote with 213 votes, but fell short by 5 votes.
In that presidential election, McCarthy won more votes than the first-time Democratic candidate, Hakeem Jeffries of New York.
This is how things look in the House after the 12th vote.
|Kevin McCarthy (right)||213||0||213|
|Hakeem Jeffries (D)||211||211||0|
|Jim Jordan (right)||4||0||4|
|Kevin Hearn (R)||3||0||3|
McCarthy, a California native who cut a good figure when he entered the House, ousted 14 of a group of far-right Republicans who staunchly opposed his nomination in Tuesday’s first round of voting. However, he fell short by 5 votes. Republicans hold 222 seats in the 435-member House, and need 218 to win the election, while McCarthy could lose just four votes. Seven deputies voted for other candidates of the Republican Party.
Republicans Jim Jordan of Ohio and Kevin Hearn of Oklahoma received 4 and 3 votes, respectively.
By contrast, Jeffries, who succeeded Nancy Pelosi as leader of the House Democratic Caucus, received 211 votes from his party colleagues – a statement of unanimous support.
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First post: January 7, 2023 12:03 p.m STI
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