Jim Jordan fails to secure House Speaker position on third ballot

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Representative Jim Jordan failed Friday on a third ballot to be elected House speaker after backing off a plan to empower a temporary speaker. Jordan, who was endorsed by former president Donald Trump and is a conservative firebrand, vowed to media earlier Friday that he would keep fighting for the job. Earlier, on Thursday, Jordan offered to pause his campaign and support temporarily expanding the powers of Representative Patrick McHenry, the interim speaker, to conduct some House business. However, the effort fell apart during a long and heated meeting of the GOP conference.

Rep. Bruce Westerman, who voted for Jordan, said that he hopes to hear from the speakership candidate at this afternoon’s GOP meeting and would like to learn his plan forward.

Rep. Carlos Gimenez said that he started speaker-election by voting in favour of former speaker Kevin McCarthy, but now the Florida Republican is voting against Jordan.

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Rep. Mike Simpson said that it is up to Jordan on whether he drops out or not. He has voted against him in all three rounds and when asked the afternoon’s GOP meeting, he stated, “I don’t know, I won’t be there.”