Twenty Republican holdouts stopped Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) from becoming Speaker this week, even though he had won 200 votes.
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), a steadfast backer of Jordan, was not present, therefore Jordan was limited to losing a maximum of three Republicans in order to secure the required 217 votes. This week, Bilirakis is anticipated to return to Washington.
McCarthy cast his vote for Jordan and supported him.
Reps. Kay Granger (R-TX), Tony Gonzales (R-TX), Steve Womack (Republican-AR), John Rutherford (Republican-FL), Mike Simpson (R-ID), Mike Kelly (R-PA), as well as Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) were the seven Republicans who voted for Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA).
Scalise dropped out of the race last week because he couldn’t see a way to win. He cast his vote for Jordan as well.
Representative Victoria Spartz (Republican-IN) voted for Representative Thomas Massie (Republican-KY), Representative John James (Republican-MI) voted for Representative Tom Cole (Republican-OK), and Representative Jake Ellzey (Republican-TX) voted for Representative Mike Garcia (Republican-CA).
All of those candidates who got votes chose Jordan.
The former Representative Lee Zeldin (R-NY) got votes from three New York reps: Nick LaLota (R-NY), Anthony D’Esposito, and Andrew Garbarino (R-NY).
Majority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) got all 212 votes from Democrats.
Following the vote, the House adjourned, and Jordan is anticipated to confer with the Republican dissenters prior to declaring the course of action.