In SIXTH Ballot, McCarthy Loses After Just 73 Votes

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 03: U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) reacts as Representatives cast their votes for Speaker of the House on the first day of the 118th Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 03, 2023 in Washington, DC. Today members of the 118th Congress will be sworn-in and the House of Representatives will elect a new Speaker of the House. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Rep. Kevin McCarthy needs 218 votes to wield the gavel, but there are only 222 Republicans in the chamber, meaning he can lose just five.
  • And wouldn’t you know it? He lost five after just 74 lawmakers had cast ballots.
  • Now it’s all up in the air again.

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