Weeklong Speaker Vote Exposed Deep Divisions In GOP Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: U.S. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) rubs his face during the fourth day of elections for Speaker of the House at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2023 in Washington, DC. The House of Representatives is meeting to vote for the next Speaker after McCarthy failed to earn more than 218 votes on several ballots over three days; the first time in 100 years that the Speaker was not elected on the first ballot.  (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The protacted drama over election of a House speaker, captured on national television, exposed deep divisions within the Republican caucus that are certain to resurface throughout the 118th Congress, and it ended with all the drama of a Hollywood movie.
  • McCarthy won about an hour after he lost on a 14th ballot by a single vote when some of his renegade colleagues voted differently than expected.
  • Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama had to be restrained after he confronted holdout Gaetz and a flustered McCarthy dashed into the seats.

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