OOF! Kevin McCarthy Fails To Get Enough Votes For Speaker After Three Votes

House Republicans voted three times on Tuesday for Speaker of the House and in all three votes, Kevin McCarthy came up short.

Conservatives and members of the Freedom Caucus are sticking to their guns and voting against the California congressman for a variety of reasons.

This is a problem for McCarthy, but an even bigger problem for the Republican party as a whole.

Politico reports:

3 strikes for McCarthy — but he’s not out yet

The House adjourned without a speaker on Tuesday for the first time in a century after Kevin McCarthy failed in a third straight vote for the gavel.

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And in the final ballot, the GOP leader watched his support begin to chip away.

Staring down a threadbare majority, McCarthy has been unable to dislodge dug-in opposition from the right flank of his conference, who are now openly pushing for conservative hero Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to take the gavel.

GOP lawmakers now hope to resolve their leadership battle privately after several humiliating hours on the floor. McCarthy and his allies have already begun talks with some of the 20 defectors in a desperate attempt to break the detente before the House will resume at noon Wednesday.

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“We’re going to go have some more conversations tonight, to see what’s next,” said Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas), one of McCarthy’s chief antagonists. He declined to say whether McCarthy’s 20 dissenters would be meeting on their own, but said the talks would include members “across the conference.”

But by the time lawmakers return at noon on Wednesday, it’s not clear if McCarthy would still be the one seeking votes — or another member entirely.

Conservatives are really digging in their heels. Matt Gaetz is even demanding that McCarthy stop using the Speaker’s office.

Trump may be pulling back as well.

Republicans had better come up with a back-up plan and fast.


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