Multiple Republicans Defect from Jim Jordan in Second Round Speaker Vote

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Multiple Republican members of Congress who yesterday voted for Congressman Jim Jordan to become speaker of the House of Representatives chose to vote for other candidates on Wednesday.

Twenty-two Republicans voted for candidates other than Jordan, meaning that the Ohio Republican does not have the votes necessary to become speaker. Four Republicans withdrew their support from Jordan: Vern Buchanan of Florida, Drew Ferguson of Georgia, Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Iowa, and Pete Stauber of Minnesota.

In total, 212 Democrats voted for Democratic Minority Leader Hakeem, 199 Republicans voted for Jordan, seven voted for Steve Scalise of Louisiana, and five voted for former Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy.

At least two Republicans flipped in Jordan’s favor on Wednesday: Doug LaMalfa of California, who voted for McCarthy on Tuesday, and Victoria Spartz of Indiana, who voted for Thomas Massie of Kentucky on Tuesday.

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U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan talks to Speaker Pro Tempore Rep. Patrick McHenry as the House of Representatives prepares to hold a vote on a new Speaker of the House at the U.S. Capitol on October 18, 2023. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

A third speaker vote is expected.

Jordan had failed Tuesday to garner support from enough Republicans during the first round of voting. 20 Republicans voted for a candidate other than Jordan on Tuesday, while Jordan received 200 votes, Jeffries received 212 votes, and McCarthy received six votes.

Ahead of the first vote, Jordan had seen a flurry of support from House conservatives who had formerly said they would not back him: Mike Rogers of AlabamaAnn Wagner of MissouriKen Calvert of California, and Vern Buchanon of Florida all announced support for Jordan this week.

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