6th Vote Looks Grim For McCarthy

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 13: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) holds his weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol June 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. In the wake of remarks by President Donald Trump that he would accept compromising information about a political opponent from a foreign power, McCarthy said that he would support legislation proposed by Democrats that would require people to report to the FBI if they are approached with offers of that information. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The vote for speaker of the House dragged out into a sixth round of voting after Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) again failed to reach the necessary votes to claim the gavel.
  • The 20 GOP lawmakers blocking him from taking the gavel rallied behind Rep. Bryon Donalds (R-FL) during the fourth ballot on Wednesday after they all supported Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) in the second and third ballots on Tuesday.
  • Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-IN) voted “present” in the fourth and fifth rounds after backing McCarthy in the first three, and if she continues to do so in subsequent rounds, she lowers the threshold for winning to 217 votes.

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