McCarthy Squeaks By In House
Kevin McCarthy eked out a slim victory — 215 to 211 votes — over Hakeem Jeffries to be elected Speaker of the new U.S. House. There were five other votes cast, all by Republicans who had opposed McCarthy. But they voted present rather supporting another candidate on the 15th round of voting. It didn’t wrap up until after midnight Saturday.
The Freedom Caucus, who openly opposed McCarthy, originally included about 20 members, but many of them switched their votes to him after he agreed to a series of rules changes that will provide more accountability over House actions. That left the five remaining holdouts who voted present, including Matt Gaetz of Florida and Lauren Boebert of Colorado,
Here, Robert Gouveia recaps the earlier Day 4 votes in the House Speaker battle as McCarthy tried to close the deal. We review the highlights from the 12th and 13th votes, with appearances from Rosendale, Gaetz, Luna and more from Robert Gouveia, Esquire.