AT LEAST 19 REPUBLICANS DEFECT in first vote for the US House Speaker.
At least 11 Congress members have voted for alternative candidates.
BREAKING: There have been 5 Republican defections in the vote for House Speaker meaning that Kevin McCarthy does not have the votes needed on the first ballot to become Speaker.
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) January 3, 2023
First round of House Speaker vote occurring now:
Kevin McCarthy doesn’t have the votes.
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) January 3, 2023
Kevin McCarthy has lost his bid to be the next Speaker of the House on the first ballot.
— Emerald Robinson ✝️ (@EmeraldRobinson) January 3, 2023
UPDATE: 8 GOP Defectors!
BREAKING: With 8 Republican defections so far, Kevin McCarthy will not be elected Speaker on the first round of voting. House will got to 2nd ballot for first time in 100 years.
— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) January 3, 2023
Matt Gaetz just obliterated Kevin McCarthy for House Speaker: “If you want to drain the swamp, you cannot put the biggest alligator in charge of the exercise.”
Couldn’t agree more!
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) January 3, 2023
Rep. Andy Biggs received 7 votes.
Over/Under the number of votes to decide speaker of the house? Setting the total at 3.5 pic.twitter.com/bz6FHFHtbw
— Julio N. Rausseo (@JNReports) January 3, 2023
First time since 1923 a speaker was not voted in on first vote.
Still in the G’s for roll call vote for Speaker and there’s already *10* votes against McCarthy
First time a Speaker has not been voted in on the 1st roll call since 1923
McCarthy humiliated Republicans in the midterms and is now humiliating himself in the Speaker vote
— Rogan O’Handley (@DC_Draino) January 3, 2023
Here’s the list:
Here are the 19 Republicans who voted against Kevin McCarthy (note: vote is still open) pic.twitter.com/7XbpI3OlOQ
— Annie Grayer (@AnnieGrayerCNN) January 3, 2023