Oct 18, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Jim Jordan loses supporters on second failed House speaker vote

Jim Jordan. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

House GOP speaker nominee Jim Jordan's campaign is going in the wrong direction.

Why it matters: Jordan's once-hopeful fight now has more GOP opposition than former Speaker Kevin McCarthy had on any of his 15 ballots in January.

  • 22 House Republicans voted against Jordan on the second ballot, up from the 20 Republicans who voted against him on the first ballot.
  • Democrats maintained their streak of unanimous support for House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.).
  • Jordan needs 217 votes to become speaker, and he ended the second round with 199.

Between the lines: Jordan picked up votes from Reps. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) and Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.), who voted for other candidates on Tuesday.

  • Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), who was absent on Tuesday, also voted for Jordan on Wednesday.
  • But Jordan lost support from four of his colleagues: Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.), Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa) and Pete Stauber (R-Minn.).

What's next: Some House Republicans are expected to push to temporarily empower Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) so legislation like government funding and aid for Israel can move through the House.

  • McHenry told reporters on Wednesday he's not interested in a promotion, but did not explicitly say he'd block the effort.

Jordan said he wouldn't drop out. "We plan to keep moving forward," he told reporters on Wednesday.

  • "We picked up some today, a couple dropped off. But they voted for me before, I think they'll come back again. We'll keep talking to members, keep working on it."
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