McCarthy Falls Short In 12th Round

Gains 14 more votes, but not enough for the win
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

  • Days of negotiating with 20 members of his party blocking him from becoming speaker of the House finally moved the vote count in Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) favor on the 12th ballot.
  • Fourteen members switched their vote to support McCarthy, changing their minds after the GOP leader offered a number of concessions to his detractors.
  • Reps. Dan Bishop (R-NC), Josh Brecheen (R-OK), Andrew Clyde (R-GA), Michael Cloud (R-TX), Byron Donalds (R-FL), Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL), Mary Miller (R-IL), Ralph Norman (R-SC), Scott Perry (R-PA), the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, Chip Roy (R-TX), Keith Self (R-TX), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), and Andy Ogles (R-TN) threw their support behind McCarthy after opposing him on the first 11 rounds.

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