After “moderate” Republicans refused to back Congressman Jim Jordan’s bid for House Speaker on two rounds of ballots Wednesday, the Judiciary Committee Chairman is slowing down his quest for the gavel. Jordan received 200 votes on the first ballot and 199 on the second. He needs 217 votes to get over the finish line. North Carolina Republican and temporary Speaker Patrick McHenry will remain in his position until January.
“[Jordan] will continue to run and try to shore up votes until January and remains the Speaker designee. He is not dropping out,” a source familiar with the situation tells Townhall.
Meanwhile, Democrats are licking their chops at the prospect House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries could assume the position or at the very least, increase Democrat power over the legislative process.