Representative of the Republican Party. Jim Jordan failed to regain the House speaker’s victory in Wednesday’s second runoff, faring worse than he did in the first round of voting a day earlier. The loss raises serious questions about whether he has a viable path forward as Ohio Republicans face stiff opposition and the House is gridlocked.
Despite the loss, Jordan has vowed to stay in the race. The House is expected to hold a third speaker vote Thursday at noon ET. Without a speaker, the chamber is effectively deadlocked, a dangerous situation that comes amid conflicts abroad and the possibility of a government shutdown next month.
The conservative Republicans’ struggle to gain traction has highlighted the limits of Donald Trump’s influence in the later speakership race. The former president supported Jordan.
As pressure mounts on Republicans to get out of the leadership crisis, some are the interim speaker, North Carolina’s GOP representative. Patrick McHenry tends to expand his powers, though such a move would not be without controversy and has divided Republicans.
During Tuesday’s first round of voting, 20 House Republicans voted against Jordan. On Wednesday, that number rose to 22, showing that opposition to the candidate has grown. Four new Republican votes against Jordan and two flipped on his column. Given the narrow House GOP majority, Jordan can only lose by a few votes, and a large number of votes against him puts the gauntlet out of reach.
Following his second loss on floor, Jordan noted that he was dug into the forward press.
“We don’t know when the next vote will be, but we want to continue the dialogue with our colleagues,” he said.
“We will continue to talk to members and continue to work,” he added.
Jordan is a polarizing figure in the speaker’s race, a complicating factor in his bid to lock down votes. He is a staunch Trump ally, has a longstanding reputation as a conservative rebel and helped found the hardline House Freedom Caucus. As chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee, he has also been a key figure in House GOP-led investigations.
Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy had 15 rounds of voting in January. But Jordan faces an uphill climb amid deep divisions in the House GOP caucus and the opposition he faces.
Tensions and frustrations among House Republicans have grown as the speakership battle drags on. Some lawmakers who voted against Jordan in the speaker race have charged what they described as a pressure campaign against them.
Representative from Arkansas. Steve Womack derided what he called Jordan allies’ “attack, attack, attack” tactics against Republican opponents.
“Obviously, based on what I’ve done — I can only speak to me and what my staff have done in the last 24 or 48 hours — it’s clear what the strategy has been: attack, attack, attack. Attack members who disagree with you, attack them, subdue them. ,” he said.
GOP Rep. Don Bacon’s wife received anonymous text messages warning her husband to support Jordan. Bacon has been vocal against Jordan and was one of 20 Republicans who did not support Jordan in Tuesday’s vote.
“Your husband will no longer hold any political office. What a disappointment and failure he is,” read one of the messages sent to Bacon’s wife, obtained by Bacon by CNN.
Bacon’s wife responded to the speech by saying, “He has more courage than you. You will not put your name to your statements.
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Opponents of Jordan’s effort so far have been centrist Republicans worried about the face of the House GOP as a conservative hardliner and lawmakers still angry at the small group of Republicans who forced McCarthy out and opposed House Majority Leader Steve Scalise’s effort. giving
Scalise initially defeated Jordan at the GOP convention to become the speaker candidate, but later dropped out of the race amid opposition to his candidacy.
This story and topic have been updated with additional improvements.