House Republicans selected a new candidate for speaker on Friday after days of disarray kicked off by former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s historic ouster from the job.
House Judiciary Committee chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, was nominated for the position in a closed-door House GOP conference earlier Friday. Jordan won 124 votes to Rep. Austin Scott’s 81 – an underwhelming show for the race’s frontrunner.
Scott, a member with a comparatively lower profile, jumped into the race minutes before it began.
After Jordan’s nomination, Republicans launched into a second secret ballot vote, this time gauging support on who will support Jordan on the House floor now that he’s the nominee. Fifty-five House Republicans said they would vote against Jordan on that vote. He can only afford to lose four Republican votes to still win the speakership.