December 2, 2023

(CNN) — Republican Rep. Jim Jordan once more didn’t win the Home speaker&#’;s gavel in a second vote on Wednesday, drawing much less help than in an preliminary vote the day earlier than. The loss raises critical questions over whether or not the Ohio Republican has a viable path ahead as he confronts steep opposition and the Home stays in a state of paralysis.

Throughout the first spherical of voting on Tuesday, 20 Home Republicans voted in opposition to Jordan. On Wednesday, that quantity rose to 22, exhibiting that the opposition in opposition to the candidate has grown. There have been 4 new Republican votes in opposition to Jordan and two that flipped into his column. Given the slim Home GOP majority, Jordan can solely afford to lose a handful of votes and the excessive variety of votes in opposition to him places the gavel far out of attain.

As strain grows on Republicans to discover a method out of the management disaster, some are pushing to increase the powers of the interim speaker, Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina. Republicans are discussing the opportunity of bringing ahead a decision to empower McHenry as quickly as Wednesday afternoon, two sources advised CNN.

With no speaker, the chamber is successfully frozen, a precarious place that comes amid battle overseas and a possible authorities shutdown subsequent month.

Following his second defeat on the ground, Jordan indicated that he’s dug in on urgent forward and advised reporters he’s nonetheless deciding if there can be one other vote later within the day.

&#“;We don&#’;t know once we&#’;re going to have the following vote however we wish to proceed our conversations with our colleagues,&#”; he mentioned.

&#“;We&#’;ll hold speaking to members and hold engaged on it,&#”; he added.

A decision to empower McHenry would wish Democratic help since many Republicans oppose the thought. The transfer might give Democrats a possibility to hunt some concessions from Republicans in change for his or her votes.

Jordan is a polarizing determine within the speaker&#’;s battle, a complicating consider his effort to lock down votes. He’s a staunch ally of former President Donald Trump, has a longstanding popularity as a conservative agitator and helped discovered the hardline Home Freedom Caucus. Because the chairman of the highly effective Home Judiciary Committee, he has additionally been a key determine in Home GOP-led investigations.

It took former Speaker Kevin McCarthy 15 rounds of voting in January to safe the gavel. However Jordan faces an uphill climb amid the deep divisions throughout the Home GOP convention and the resistance he faces.

Frustrations mount amongst Republicans

Because the speaker battle drags on, tensions and frustration have risen amongst Home Republicans. Among the lawmakers who’ve voted in opposition to Jordan within the speaker&#’;s race have railed in opposition to what they’ve described as a strain marketing campaign in opposition to them.

Rep. Steve Womack of Arkansas derided what he referred to as the &#“;assault, assault, assault&#”; techniques of Jordan allies in opposition to his Republican opponents.

&#“;Frankly, simply based mostly on what I&#’;ve been via – I can solely communicate to myself and what my employees has been via during the last 24 or 48 hours – it’s apparent what the technique has been: Assault, assault, assault. Assault the members who don&#’;t agree with you, assault them, beat them into submission,&#”; he mentioned.

GOP Rep. Don Bacon&#’;s spouse acquired nameless textual content messages warning her husband to again Jordan. Bacon has been a vocal holdout in opposition to Jordan and was one of many 20 Republican members that didn’t again Jordan on the ground in Tuesday&#’;s vote.

&#“;Your husband is not going to maintain any political workplace ever once more. What a disappointment and failure he’s,&#”; learn one of many messages despatched to Bacon&#’;s spouse and obtained by CNN via Bacon.

Bacon&#’;s spouse responded to that textual content saying, &#“;he has extra braveness than you. You gained&#’;t put your title to your statements.&#”;

Opponents to Jordan&#’;s bid thus far have included centrist Republicans involved that the face of the Home GOP can be a conservative hardliner in addition to lawmakers nonetheless livid on the small group of Republicans who compelled out McCarthy after which opposed Home Majority Chief Steve Scalise&#’;s bid for the gavel.

Scalise initially defeated Jordan contained in the GOP convention to develop into the speaker nominee, however later dropped out of the race amid opposition to his candidacy.

This story and headline have been up to date with extra developments.

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