GOP Holdouts Refuse To Back Kevin McCarthy’s Bid For Speaker

McCarthy fell more than 30 votes short of the 218 target in the nomination vote this week
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 01:  U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks during a weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol July 01, 2021 in Washington, DC. McCarthy held a weekly news conference to answer questions from members of the press.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy won his party’s nomination to be the next speaker of the House, but still needs to win another vote when the 118th Congress convenes in January.
  • With a slim Republican majority, McCarthy is vulnerable to losing the speaker election if he fails to win enough votes from the Republican conference.
  • Three Republican members have publicly said they will not support McCarthy’s bid for speaker, including Reps. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and Matt Rosendale, R-Mont.
  • Fox News reported Friday that with Republicans projected to hold anywhere from 220 to 224 seats, McCarthy can’t lose more than two to six votes within the GOP conference.

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