Enough conservative Republicans are refusing to support Rep. Kevin McCarthy in his bid for Speaker of the House that the House has adjourned for the day without anyone receiving enough votes to secure the position.
Democrat Rep. Hakeem Jeffries received 212 votes while McCarthy tallied 202. Rep. Jim Jordan received 20 votes.
The House has adjourned until noon on Wednesday.
Congressman Byron Donalds joined conservative dissenters on the third round of voting, bumping the number up from 19 to 20. Donalds told CNN that McCarthy failed to close the deal and it is “clear” he doesn’t have the votes.
Congressman Ken Buck, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, told CNN he doesn’t believe McCarthy will add any of his opposition to his list of supporters.
“The only thing that could change is Democrats walking away and not voting and then the denominator changes,” Buck said. “Otherwise Republicans are gonna have to start moving around.”
The Iowa congressional delegation — Representatives Zach Nunn, Randy Feenstra, Ashley Hinson and Mariannette Miller-Meeks — all supported McCarthy for Speaker.