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McCarthy Attracts Even Nearer in 14th Poll, Now Simply Half a Vote Away

Home GOP Chief Kevin McCarthy inched nearer to the gavel Friday night time, however Home Republicans nonetheless didn’t elect him as speaker in an intense 14th spherical of voting.

The dramatic poll got here all the way down to a vote from Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who shifted from voting towards McCarthy to voting “current.” The vote, nevertheless, nonetheless meant McCarthy was one wanting what he wanted to clinch the bulk and win the speakership.

McCarthy obtained 216 votes, Home Democrat Chief Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) obtained 216 votes, Gaetz and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) voted “current,” and 4 defectors voted for different members.

After Republicans had excessive hopes they’d succeed on this poll, shock and frustration have been clear after Gaetz’s “current” vote.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) appeared to yell at Gaetz and lunge towards him, and he was bodily pulled again by one other member earlier than Rogers stormed out of the chamber.


McCarthy himself strolled up the aisle to Gaetz seemingly in a plea to transform Gaetz to vote for him. McCarthy allies, together with Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), is also seen speaking to Gaetz, apparently in an try to steer him to vary his vote.

The Home chamber was buzzing as Democrats tried to drive one other spherical of voting late into Friday night, however a call on if the Home would adjourn or proceed voting had not been made as of the time of this publishing.

This story is growing.

Write to Ashley Oliver at Observe her on Twitter at @asholiver.

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