Jim Jordan tries again to be Speaker of the House as Republicans weigh alternatives

Jim Jordan tries again to be Speaker of the House as Republicans weigh alternatives


WASHINGTON—Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Ohio) appeared likely to still fall short of the number of votes needed to be elected House speaker in a runoff election Wednesday, prompting lawmakers to more seriously consider other ways to break the deadlock that has paralyzed the House.

More than two weeks after the former Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) was ousted, Republicans were left locked in a bitter internal struggle over who to elect to lead them. Jordan, a favorite of the party’s populist wing but viewed with skepticism by centrist and Republican lawmakers, lost 20 Republican votes in the first round of voting Tuesday afternoon, surpassing the handful of defections he can afford in a House closely divided and with all Democrats opposed.

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