: Jordan fares worse in 2nd vote for House speaker, as McHenry faces calls to step up with 3rd ballot expected Thursday

by | Oct 18, 2023 | Stock Market

Rep. Jim Jordan ran into more trouble Wednesday in his bid to become the next speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, with the number of fellow Republicans voting against the Ohio congressman rising to 22 in a second ballot, up from 20 a day earlier. The House went into recess after the second ballot, and Jordan later told CNN that he expected a third round of voting to occur around noon Eastern Thursday.

Jordan — an ally of former President Donald Trump and co-founder of the hardline House Freedom Caucus — can only afford to have four GOP lawmakers vote against him to become speaker, as no Democrats have been supporting him. He needs a simple majority, or 217 votes, in the narrowly divided House, which has 221 Republicans and 212 Democrats. Ahead of the second ballot, one Jordan supporter, GOP Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, said he expected fewer votes for his candidate than Tuesday and called for allies to “stay strong.” “This is the fight — which Jim Jordan represents — to end the status quo, and it ain’t easy,” said Perry, who chairs the House Freedom Caucus, in a post on X. Meanwhile, one House Republican opposing Jordan, Rep. Kay Granger, said she cast a “vote of conscience” and “stayed true to my principles.” “Intimidation and threats will not change my position,” added the Texas congresswoman, who voted for Steve Scalise, the House majority leader. With the House looking rudderless, the chamber’s temporary speaker, GOP Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, is facing calls to take on the job more permanently, such as from the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board. Republica …

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