Washington –Despite losing more ground than he gained on Wednesday, he said he plans to remain in the House speaker race. received 199 votes, compared to 200 votes on Tuesday. . After the vote, he said he did not expect a second vote until Thursday at the earliest.
The House of Representatives is now in its third week without a leader.. Republican Rep. Ken Buck, who opposed Jordan on both votes, believes Jordan could “lose three or four votes” if more votes are cast. “We’re going to see more and more members of Congress say, ‘I voted for him the first two times. Now I have to move on,'” Buck told CBS News’ Maj. Garrett on Wednesday.
Republican Rep. Mark Green, who supports Jordan, said on CBS News’ “America’s Decision Wednesday” that while the process was “ugly,” he still hopes Jordan will win the speakership Thursday. “There is,” he said.
Some of the people who voted against Jordan appear to intend to continue doing so. But the Ohio Republican appeared to suggest on Wednesday that it was only a matter of time before the numbers improved after losing the second round.
“Chairman McCarthy, his numbers are in the right place because there was a two-month slide from when he was appointed to the conference to when we arrived the first week of January,” Jordan told reporters. ” he said. He was referring to the period between the Republican conference’s vote to nominate McCarthy after the November midterm elections and the formal House vote at the start of the new Congress in January 2023.
But there are some critics of Jordan within the House Republican conference., so anti-Jordan votes are increasing with each round, CBS News’ Robert Costa reported. Two House Republicans who spoke on the background to discussing the closed session said it stemmed from their belief that Jordan would not withdraw from the speaker’s race unless it was clear he was losing votes along the way. CNN first reported the development.