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McCarthy Flips 14 Votes, Loses 13 Rounds

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Kevin McCarthy, center, attempts to win the votes he needs to become speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in what has now become the longest contest in 164 years. | Image by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Kevin McCarthy may be inching closer to election as speaker of the House of Representatives.

As of Friday afternoon, the Republican congressman from California had won over 14 of the 20 Republican representatives and representatives-elect who opposed his candidacy for the speakership.

The internal opposition to McCarthy’s bid was led primarily by the conservative House Freedom Caucus, including many prominent allies of former President Donald Trump.

By the end of the day Thursday, McCarthy had offered a number of new concessions to the opposing camp, as The Dallas Express previously reported.

These included lowering the threshold for a motion to vote out the speaker to just one member, and creating seats for Freedom Caucus members on the powerful House Rules Committee. Also agreed upon were a 72-hour delay between the introduction of a bill and any vote on it, and an effort to impose term limits via constitutional amendment.

Rep. Scott Perry (PA), the chairman of the Freedom Caucus, announced that he would vote for McCarthy early Friday afternoon.

“We’re at a turning point,” Perry shared via Twitter. “I’ve negotiated in good faith, with one purpose: to restore the People’s House back to its rightful owners. The framework for an agreement is in place, so in a good-faith effort, I voted to restore the People’s House by voting for … McCarthy.”

Also among the 14 who flipped to McCarthy on Friday were Texas Reps. Chip Roy and Michael McCloud, as well as Rep.-elect Keith Self, the former county judge of Collin County.

Still voting against McCarthy are Reps. Andy Biggs (AZ), Lauren Boebert (CO), Eli Crane (AZ), Matt Gaetz (FL), Bob Good (VA), and Matt Rosendale (MT).

Some in that group have indicated that they will not change their position, with Rep. Gaetz saying Wednesday that he would not vote for McCarthy “under almost any circumstance.”

The House is expected to reconvene for a 14th round of voting at 9 p.m. CT. All other things being equal, McCarthy would need two of the six holdouts to throw their support behind him in order to win the speakership.

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Pap
Pap
29 days ago

Well, it finally went through in the wee hours. I had phoned Self’s office to give them a piece of my mind regarding his idiocy, even though he’s not in my district. And the gentleman I spoke with said he couldn’t stay on the line long because he had many more calls coming in. Probably for the same reason I phoned. There is no way they were going to get 190 votes to swing away. Tired of the attention -seeking drama queen mentality. They just wasted a week of this country’s time and looked like fools. It’s embarrassing. They were pulling childish antics like the dems. We need mature, adults in government, not this juvenile bs. Republicans should take note of these bozos and vote them the hell out next election.

Bill
Bill
29 days ago

We do not need an establishment type republican from California at the helm of the Republican Party.

Kay J
Kay J
29 days ago

It’s time for McCarthy to step aside. How many votes need to be taken for him to understand it’s time for a change? You really think he will keep his word on all these “negotiations”?

Pat
Pat
29 days ago

Was he the only candidate that wanted to be speaker of the house? After 13 round you think he would’ve gotten the hint. But now he’s Bargain away so much of his power by being a speaker and he’s pretty much a lame duck.

E.M. Riegel
E.M. Riegel
28 days ago

What a joke,we need a republican Nancy.