Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) failed to secure the Speakership for the House’s sixth vote and third straight day on Wednesday.
But signs of progress are beginning to emerge in GOP negotiations.
Representative. Chip Roy (R-Texas) said the “ongoing conversations” regarding the speaker race have been “more productive in the last two hours” and “progress has been made” than they have been in a while.
“We’ve continued to have conversations and they’ve actually been more productive in the last couple of hours than they’ve been in a long time,” Roy told reporters on the Capitol steps, though he said McCarthy still doesn’t have the necessary votes. .
McCarthy again fell short of the required 218 runs. The results of the sixth vote were similar to those of the fourth and fifth.
20 GOP McCarthy opponents, all of whom voted for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on Tuesday, switched their votes to Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.).
Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries (DNY) again received 212 Democratic votes.
In Tuesday’s change, Rep. Victoria Sportz (R-Ind.) voted “present.”
It has been a century since more than one vote was required to elect the Speaker.
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