Jim Jordan Falls Short in Speaker Race: Republican Votes Scatter, Democrats Unite Behind Hakeem Jeffries

In a closely watched vote in the lower chamber of Congress, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, fell short of the 217 votes needed to secure a seat as the House speaker, according to The Hill.

During Wednesday’s vote, 199 Republicans backed Jordan, with 22 votes scattered among other candidates. House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., received 212 votes, all from Democrats. The next round of voting is scheduled for Thursday.

Significantly, six Republican representatives changed their votes from the previous day’s ballot. Four of them, who had previously supported Jordan, shifted their allegiance to other candidates, while two representatives—who had not previously supported Jordan—voted in his favor.

The Republican representatives who altered their votes against Jordan were as follows:

  • Florida Rep. Vern Buchanan, who cast his vote for Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla.
  • Georgia Rep. Drew Ferguson, who voted for Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La.
  • Iowa Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who supported Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas.
  • Minnesota Rep. Pete Stauber, who voted for Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark.

Conversely, two Republican representatives switched to support Jordan during the second ballot: California Rep. Doug LaMalfa, who had initially supported former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Indiana Rep. Victoria Spartz, who voted for Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., on the first ballot.

Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., who had not been present during Tuesday’s vote, cast his vote in favor of Jordan.

In a surprising turn of events during the speaker race, amid concerns about the United States potentially entering another long-term conflict in the Middle East, a House Democrat, Rep. Brad Sherman of California, suggested the idea of former President George W. Bush taking on the role of House speaker, as reported by The Washington Times.

Among the 22 votes going to other Republican candidates, seven were in support of Scalise, with five for McCarthy. The remaining votes were scattered among various candidates, including Emmer, Zeldin, Garcia, Boehner, Miller, and Westerman.