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Jim Jordan’s bid for House speaker fails in second vote


As the runoff in the House speaker race approaches, Jim Jordan’s allies have engaged in an unsubtle campaign aimed at lowering expectations. In fact, just two hours before members began voting, Rep. Scott Perry turned to social media to make it clear what was likely to happen.

“Just so there are no surprises: Jordan will probably have LESS votes today than yesterday – as I expected,” the Pennsylvania Republican wrote. “This is the fight – which Jim Jordan represents – to end the status quo, and it’s not easy.”

What was not clear was whether these comments should be taken seriously. Would the Republican Party oppose the chairman of the far-right House Judiciary Committee? In fact grow, or were the Ohio congressman’s allies simply trying to set the stage for a moral victory if Jordan didn’t lose any additional votes? Would it feel like a “win” if the official Republican nominee did as well as he did about 24 hours earlier?

These questions were resolved during the final count in the second round. The final tally: House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries finished with 212 votes, while Jordan finished with 199. To succeed, a candidate needed 217.

Other votes received included former House Speaker McCarthy, who received five votes; former Rep. Lee Zeldin, who received three votes; and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, who finished with seven votes. Former House Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Byron Donalds, Rep. Mike Garcia, House Majority Whip Tom Emmer, Rep. Candice Miller, Rep. Kay Granger and Rep. Bruce Westerman each received one vote .

By some accountsJordan’s score of 199 was the worst result for a majority party candidate in modern times.

As for who broke ranks, if my back-of-the-envelope notes are correct, it was the Republican members who ended up voting for someone other than Jordan:

  1. Don Bacon of Nebraska (voted for McCarthy)
  2. Vern Buchanan of Florida (voted Byron Donalds after supporting Jordan in the first round)
  3. Ken Buck of Colorado (voted for Emmer)
  4. Lori Chavez-DeRemer of Oregon (voted for McCarthy)
  5. Anthony D’Esposito of New York (voted for Zeldin)
  6. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida (voted for Scalise)
  7. Jake Ellzey of Texas (voted for Garcia)
  8. Georgia’s Drew Ferguson (for Scalise after backing Jordan in first round)
  9. Andrew Garbarino of New York (voted for Zeldin)
  10. Carlos Giménez of Florida (voted for McCarthy)
  11. Tony Gonzales of Texas (voted for Scalise)
  12. Kay Granger of Texas (voted for Scalise)
  13. John James of Michigan (voted for Candice Miller after supporting Tom Cole in the first round)
  14. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania (voted for John Boehner after supporting Scalise in the first round)
  15. Jen Kiggans of Virginia (voted for McCarthy)
  16. Nick LaLota of New York (voted for Zeldin)
  17. Mike Lawler of New York (voted for McCarthy)
  18. Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Iowa (voted for Granger after supporting Jordan in the first round)
  19. John Rutherford of Pennsylvania (voted for Scalise)
  20. Michael Simpson of Idaho (voted for Scalise)
  21. Pete Stauber (voted for Bruce Westerman after supporting Jordan in the first round)
  22. Steve Womack of Arkansas (voted for Scalise)

The four votes that stood out the most came from Reps. Buchanan, Ferguson, Miller-Meeks and Stauber: These Republican members voted for Jordan in the first round, only to support someone else in the second.

The news was not all bad for Judiciary Committee chairman: Reps. Doug LaMalfa of California and Victoria Spartz of Indiana ended up supporting Jordan in the second round, after opposing him in the first, and Rep. Gus Bilirakis of Florida, who missed the first round, was in participation and supported Jordan on the second. (Spartaz’s changing posture has been difficult to follow.)

The net result, however, was a loss for the potential speaker: Jordan is worse off than he was 24 hours ago.

As was the case after Jordan’s failure in the first round, the House recused itself after the second, although it could be called back into session at any time.

What is completely unclear is what is happening now. As an NBC News report summarizes: “Most members are still unsure about which path to take, as are many collaborators involved in this process. »

Jordan could continue to fight and call for a third vote before the end of the day. The GOP could call it a day and try again Thursday (tomorrow). Jordan might also conclude that the votes within the party simply won’t materialize and that it’s time for the party to find someone else.

Watch this place.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.



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