In case you’re busy, here is a brief summary. The Full Article is below: House Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, fell short of the 217 votes needed to become the House speaker during the first roll call ballot. Despite entering the day expecting multiple ballots, the Jordan team faced significant opposition, with 20 Republicans voting against him, including votes for Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other GOP leaders. Democrats unanimously voted for Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries. GOP pragmatists and institutionalists expressed concerns about Jordan’s ties to former President Trump, the events of January 6, the Freedom Caucus, fundraising abilities, and alleged bullying tactics. Despite initial conservative support, Jordan faces challenges in securing the speakership.
House Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) fell short of the 217 votes needed to become House speaker during the first roll call ballot on Tuesday.
Why it matters: The Jordan team entered the day expecting to need multiple ballots to win the gavel, but they’re dealing with a group of resolute GOP defectors.
Driving the news: 200 House Republicans voted for Jordan on the first ballot.
- But 20 Republicans voted against him, including votes for McCarthy, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-Ind.) and House Rules Committee Chair Tom Cole (R-Okla.), among others.
- All Democrats voted for Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.).
- The 20 Republicans voting against Jordan matched the worst ballot for McCarthy during his speaker election in January.
Zoom in: A group of GOP pragmatists and institutionalists cited concerns over Jordan’s ties to former President Trump, Jan. 6, the Freedom Caucus, his fundraising abilities and alleged bullying tactics.
- Jordan won the GOP’s internal election in a 124-81 vote on Friday, with a subsequent vote finding 55 members that wouldn’t vote for him on the floor.
- By Monday Jordan managed to significantly whittle down the number of defectors, flipping key critics.
- McCarthy opted to throw his weight behind Jordan in the race, with some Scalise allies frustrated that he didn’t do more to boost Scalise’s candidacy.
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