(UPDATED) McCarthy Stumbles as the 20 Hold Steady and 1 Votes 'Present,' Moving the House Into a 5th (Now 6th) Round of Voting

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UPDATE: The fifth round of voting for House Speaker resulted in the same outcome as the fourth: 212 votes for Democrat Hakeem Jeffries, 201 votes for Republican Kevin McCarthy, 20 votes for Republican Byron Donalds, and one vote ‘present.’ The House is expected to move immediately into a sixth round of voting. 


Fourth Time was not the charm for GOP Leader and Speaker Nominee Kevin McCarthy, despite his confident bravado and horse-trading.

With TX Rep. Chip Roy’s nomination of Florida Rep. Byron Donalds for Speaker of the House, McCarthy’s lead whittled down from 203 votes on Tuesday, to 201 votes on Wednesday. The 20 representatives that had previously voted for OH Rep. Jim Jordan on Tuesday moved their allegiance to Donalds for this vote.

From CBS News:

The GOP breakaway faction nominated another Republican, Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida, instead of Rep. Jim Jordan – who had voted for McCarthy and has said he wasn’t seeking the speakership. With the Democrats having nominated Hakeem Jeffries, it marked the first time in history two Black men were nominated to be speaker of the House.

McCarthy was nominated again, this time by Rep. Mike Gallagher of Indiana. Democratic Rep. Pete Aguilar nominated Hakeem Jeffries again, to cheers from the Democratic caucus. The Republican breakaways threw in another nominee: Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida, who had switched his vote in the third round from McCarthy to Rep. Jim Jordan (who has said he does not want the speakership).


Indiana Rep. Victoria Spartz chose to vote “Present,” setting a potential trend for the round of votes to come.



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