It’s an “epic defeat” for Kevin McCarthy and the warring Republicans in the House of Representatives. The second round of voting, which hasn’t been seen in a hundred years, is over, and California Republican McCarthy is still far from a majority. claims The Guardian. Once again, it’s unclear what’s next, the House is still in session, and if McCarthy doesn’t retire, there’s a third round of voting ahead. “If the Democrats could leave the House, they would probably sit in a popcorn cart and enjoy the rest of the show,” the British publication mocked.
Observers say Democrat Hakim Jeffreys got 212 votes, McCarthy 203, the same erratic number he got in the first round, and fellow Republican Jim Jordan 19 votes. They are not enough for McCarthy to become a speaker.
Remember that the last time voting was held multiple times was in 1923, when a small bloc of Republicans refused to re-elect Rep. Frederick Gillette, a Massachusetts Republican, as speaker, according to the Washington Post. Nine rounds of voting were then held.