House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) on Wednesday suffered another defeat in his bid to become the next Speaker of the House Representatives after Four more House Republicans voted against the Ohio lawmaker.
Jordan, on Tuesday, lost his first attempt to secure the House gavel after 20 House Republicans voted against him, leaving him 17 short of the 217 votes needed to become the next speaker.
The 20 House Republicans who voted against Jordan include Reps. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Rep. Mike Lawler (R-NY), Jen Kiggans (R-VA), Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R-NE), Carlos Gimenez (R-FL), Don Bacon (R-NE), Steve Womack (R-AR), Mike Simpson (R-ID), John Rutherford (R-FL), Mike Kelly (R-PA), Tony Gonzales (R-TX), Kay Granger (R-TX), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Ken Buck (R-CO), Victoria Spartz (R-IN), John James (R-MI), Jake Ellzey (R-TX), Nick LaLota (R-NY), Andrew Garbarino (R-NY) and Anthony D’Esposito (R-NY).
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However, LaMalfa and Spartz —who voted former Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) respectively on the first ballot— threw their support behind Jordan on Wednesday.
The second House Vote held on Wednesday saw four more House Republicans withdraw their support for Jordan. Rep. Vern Buchanan (FL), Rep. Drew Ferguson (GA), Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA) and Rep. Pete Stauber voted against Jordan after supporting him on the first ballot.
Following his defeat on Wednesday, Jordan told The New York Post that he believes he will get more support before the next vote scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
“We’ve picked up three votes today, but then lost a couple of those people [who] like I said have voted for us before,” Jordan told The Post.“I think they’ll come back again, so we’ll keep talking to members. We have the Main Street group who are for us, conservative members who are for us — we’ve had [conservatives Matt] Rosendale and [Chip] Roy all the way to [moderate Brian] Fitzpatrick and so we have a complete section of the conference.”
Despite Jordan’s optimism, Rep. Beacon believes the Ohio lawmaker would lose more votes come Thursday.
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“Well, I’m not in Jim Jordan’s private circle there where they’re discussing this,” he replied. “I really don’t know. But we’re confident next vote he gonna lose five or six more votes. He’s gonna be going backwards.”