Kevin McCarthy got another vote for Speaker of the House during Friday’s 13th ballot, but fell just a few votes short of the majority.
Maryland Assemblyman-elect Andy Harris switched his vote to McCarthy, the 15th change of vote in the two polls held on Friday.
That move gave McCarthy 214 votes, and while that wasn’t quite enough for a majority, it showed members continued to break for the GOP leader a day after he made a series of concessions to members of the House Freedom Caucus. The new leader of the Democrats, Rep.-elect Hakeem Jeffries of New York, received 212 votes.
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On Friday’s previous vote, McCarthy received the votes of 14 members who either voted against him or voted “present.”
The momentum McCarthy saw on Friday has spurred optimism he can soon win the majority of the House of Representatives, although several members say it could be days before the victory is consolidated.
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The six remaining GOP holdouts are a significant obstacle as most of that group have said they will never vote for McCarthy. The remaining GOP holdouts are Arizona Congressman-elect Andy Biggs, Colorado’s Lauren Boebert, Arizona’s Elijah Crane, Florida’s Matt Gaetz, Virginia’s Bob Good and Montana’s Matt Rosendale.
In the 13th round of voting, each of the six objectors voted for Representative-elect Jim Jordan of Ohio.
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One way to get around them is to see if someone is willing to vote “present,” which would not count as a vote and lower the minimum number of votes needed to claim a majority.
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But several members and staffers said negotiations – and voting on the House floor – could continue into the weekend while talks continue.
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/mccarthy-another-vote-speaker-falls-short-again McCarthy gets another vote for speaker in the 13th round, but again falls short