Home Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, misplaced a runoff vote for the Speaker’s gavel on Wednesday, elevating doubts that he’ll ever be elected.

22 Republicans voted towards Jordan on this spherical, after 20 of them voted on Tuesday throughout the preliminary vote. Jordan must safe a majority threshold of 217 votes to win.

Reps. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., Drew Ferguson, R-Ga., Marianette Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa, and Pete Steuber, R-Minn., joined Jordan’s rising opposition, having voted for him within the first spherical. Then for the opposite candidates on Wednesday.

Jordan pledges to assemble all Republicans in a letter to the Republican Social gathering on the eve of the election of the Speaker of Parliament

Rep. Jim Jordan, right, and interim speaker Rep. Patrick McHenry

Rep. Jim Jordan, proper, speaks with Home Speaker Professional Tempore Rep. Patrick McHenry because the Home prepares to carry a vote on a brand new Speaker of the Home on the U.S. Capitol on October 18, 2023, in Washington, DC. (Photograph by Wayne McNamee/Getty Photos)

Two opponents from the day past, Reps. Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., and Victoria Spartz, R-Ind., voted for Jordan on Wednesday.

Requested about his subsequent step, Jordan mentioned he would “proceed to speak to members.”

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“We do not know once we’ll have the subsequent vote, however we wish to have conversations with our colleagues,” Jordan mentioned.

Jim Jordan from Ohio

Rep. Jim Jordan listens because the Home of Representatives holds its second spherical of voting to decide on a brand new Speaker of the Home on the U.S. Capitol on October 18, 2023, in Washington, DC. (Photograph by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Photos)

Even earlier than the vote, allies of the Republican candidate from Ohio acknowledged that he would possible lose assist within the runoff, however they remained optimistic that he would succeed.

“So there aren’t any surprises: Jordan is more likely to get fewer votes at this time than yesterday — as I predicted,” Home Freedom Caucus Chairman Scott Perry, R-Pa., mentioned on X. “That is the struggle – represented by Jim Jordan – to finish the established order, and it isn’t straightforward…Keep robust and maintain praying.”

The Democratic lawmaker says he has “a number of” names of conservatives he would assist as speaker if Jordan fails

However some Republicans have indicated {that a} second Jordan loss could imply it’s time to consider different choices.

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Home Democratic Chief Hakeem Jeffries has the assist of all present Home Democrats. (Kevin Deitch/Getty Photos)


“If the quantity continues to rise, that is an incredible signal, and we should proceed to attempt to construct on that consensus till we will get to 217,” mentioned Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-Jordan, a supporter of Jordan.

“And if it falls aside, nicely, now we have to return to the drafting board and have a dialog about our different choices.”

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