“Kevin McCarthy Struggles to Secure Enough Votes for Speaker of the House as GOP Remains Divided”

Kevin McCarthy’s bid to become the next Speaker of the House has hit a roadblock as he struggles to get the 218 votes needed for the role. Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), one of 19 Republican lawmakers who voted against McCarthy on the third ballot, said ahead of the vote that he does not see a path for McCarthy to get the mandatory minimum of 218.

Conservatives are pushing for a consensus candidate for the Speaker role, with House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) nominating McCarthy and Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) nominating Jim Jordan (R-OH). On the first ballot, numerous Republicans voted for Andy Biggs (R-AZ). This included Dan Bishop (R-NC), Andrew Clyde (R-GA), Bob Good (R-VA), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Ralph Norman, Scott Perry (R-PA), Matt Rosendale (R-MT), Eli Crane (R-AZ), and Biggs himself. 

McCarthy’s bid for Speaker of the House has been complicated by the reality of a deep division within the Republican Party, and there is no clear consensus on who should take the role. The fact that 19 GOP lawmakers voted against McCarthy on the third ballot makes it clear that they do not believe he is the right candidate for the job.

The vote for Speaker of the House is still ongoing, but it is clear that there is a strong push among conservative lawmakers for a consensus candidate. It remains to be seen who that person will be, but it is clear that support for McCarthy is waning. With the Republican Party divided and no clear agreement on who should assume the role of Speaker, it may be some time before the 218 votes needed are acquired.

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