The race for the speaker’s gavel in the House of Representatives has become increasingly contentious in recent days. In a closed-door meeting, House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) acknowledged that he does not have the 218 votes needed for the speakership.
The lack of support was evident during the meeting, with conservative defectors like Lauren Boebert (R-CO) yelling “bulls***” in response to McCarthy’s passionate speech. Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) also slammed McCarthy’s idea of tossing those who vote against him off committees.
McCarthy and his supporters remain defiant ahead of the speaker vote, with McCarthy telling Roy that he “doesn’t know how to get to yes.” Five conservatives have vowed to vote against McCarthy, with others planning to vote for incoming House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) on the second ballot.
Despite the opposition, McCarthy is confident that he will ultimately prevail in the speaker race. He has touted his ability to fundraise and unite the party, as well as his close relationship with President Trump. However, the lack of support from the conservative wing of the party could threaten McCarthy’s chances of becoming Speaker.
It remains to be seen who will come out on top in this fierce battle for the speakership. The vote is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, and only then will it become clear who will be the next leader of the House of Representatives.