Kevin McCarthy’s Election as House Speaker Blocked by 19 Republicans

On Tuesday afternoon, more than a dozen Republican lawmakers voted against Representative Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) bid for House Speaker during a floor vote (19 in total).

McCarthy received 203 votes in the first round, while Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) received 212 votes, Representative Andy Biggs (R-AZ) received 10 votes, Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) received 6 votes, Representative Byron Donalds (R-FL) received 1 vote, Representative Jim Banks (R-IN) received 1 vote, and former Representative Lee Zeldin (R-NY) received 1 vote.

As a result, the vote for speaker will go to a second ballot, which has not happened since 1923.

The Republican lawmakers who opposed McCarthy’s bid included Representatives Dan Bishop (NC), Lauren Boebert (CO), Josh Brecheen (OK), Mike Cloud (TX), Andrew Clyde (GA), Eli Crane (AZ), Matt Gaetz (FL), Bob Good (VA), Paul Gosar (AZ), Andy Harris (MD), Anna Paulina Luna (FL), Mary Miller (IL), Ralph Norman (SC), Andy Ogles (TN), Scott Perry (PA), Matt Rosendale (MT), Chip Roy (TX), Keith Self (TX), and Andy Biggs (AZ).