Updated Oct 20, 2023 - Politics & Policy

House Republicans remove Jim Jordan as House speaker nominee

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Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) was removed as speaker nominee by a closed-door GOP vote on Friday, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Jordan had lost three straight House floor votes by a widening margin. House Republicans will restart the nominee process with a candidate forum on Monday, with a vote expected on Tuesday.

  • Republicans are deeply divided, and Jordan is the second speaker nominee to fail during the 17 days since the ouster of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
  • The vote tally was 86 for Jordan and 112 against, according to sources in the room.

What's next: The race is wide-open now that Jordan and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise have failed in their speaker bids. Five candidates are already considering entering the race.

  • House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-Ind.), who was previously expected to run for majority leader if Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) became speaker.
  • Rep. Kevin Hern (R-Okla.), the head of the Republican Study Committee.
  • Rep. Jack Bergman, a Michigan Republican who's said he would only want the job in a caretaker role until the end of this term.
  • Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.), who gained prominence during McCarthy's speaker election.
  • Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.). has been making calls.
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