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So far, seven votes against McCarthy have been cast.

It appears that McCarthy may have lost another ballot, as five no votes prevent his election if all representatives are present.

McCarthy on verge of losing fifth ballot. Five GOP votes for Donalds and counting. GOP had hoped to adjourn but Dems and some Rs not letting them. Vote ongoing. Sixth ballot would be next

— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 4, 2023

As roll call continues, representative Ken Buck told reporters that McCarthy would have to “step aside” at some point and let Minority whip Steve Scalise run, if McCarthy cannot win the vote.

Siren, as the kids say From @mkraju Rep. Ken Buck, who has voted for McCarthy, says “at some point,” he needs to step aside and let Steve Scalise run.

“But what I’ve asked is that if Kevin can’t get there, that he step aside and give Steve a chance to do it,” Buck told CNN.

— Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN) January 4, 2023

So far, four votes for Donalds have been cast by the usual McCarthy opposers.

It’s unclear how many of the original 20 no votes can be flipped–or if more representatives outside of the 20 will vote “present’” and lower the Speaker vote threshold.

Fifth round of voting begins

Here we go again!

Roll call has just started for the fifth time.

Colorado representative Lauren Boebert has nominated Byron Donalds for the fifth ballot.

“Our job is not to coronate the biggest fundraiser or rubber stamp the status quo,” Lauren Boebert says in her speech nominating Byron Donalds for speaker.

— Grace Segers (@Grace_Segers) January 4, 2023

During her remarks, Boebert called on Trump to tell McCarthy that he does not have the votes for the speakership and to withdraw. She was met with a chorus of boos.

BOEBERT just raised TRUMP CALLS, saying: Even having my “favorite president” call us and tell us that you need to “knock this off.” She says it needs to be in the reverse and have him tell McCarthy you “do not have the votes, and it’s time to withdraw.”

— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) January 4, 2023

In a quick speech, Hakeem Jeffries has again been nominated by Democrats to be the House speaker.

His nomination was met with applause from completely united Democrats.

McCarthy nominated for House Speaker position, again

Ohio representative Warren Davis has nominated McCarthy – for the fifth time – to the House speaker position.

Davis is a member of the House Freedom Caucus, as are a number of McCarthy opposers.

WARREN DAVIDSON nominates McCarthy for 5th ballot.

He’s an HFC member

— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) January 4, 2023

No House speaker elected, once again

The official vote tally has just been read.

As predicted, a House speaker has not been elected.

McCarthy’s, Jeffries’, and Donald’s tally readouts have received applause from House members.

Here’s a helpful breakdown of the vote tally from the New York Times:

McCarthy opposers and supports are on social media to voice their opinion on the fourth round of voting.

From Representative Andy Biggs, who casted the first vote against McCarthy’s election:

Kevin is now 0-4.

His opposition has grown in just two days.

It’s time for him to hang up the cleats and let the House move forward without him at the helm.

Country > ego.

— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) January 4, 2023

Meanwhile, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene has condemned the McCarthy opposition, tweeting that the group doesn’t have a plan as they are on their third speaker candidate.

We are on day 2 and the same Never Kevin group is now on their 3rd Speaker candidate.

People are truly beginning to realize they have no plan, and they are sick and tired of ‘trust the plan’ that’s a complete secret and never produces results.

— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) January 4, 2023

Taylor previously tweeted a screenshot of Trump’s endorsement of McCarthy, writing: “Let’s Go! We have work to do!!”

Now, onto the business of whether there will be a fifth round of voting today or an adjournment for the House.

Representative Tom Emmer, who is apart of House Republican leadership, told reporters that there are discussions happening now on a fifth vote and that it has not been decided.

From CNN corespondent Manu Raju:

Rep. Tom Emmer, the No. 3 Republican, just told me when asked if there will be a fifth ballot vote now: “I think we’re going to talk about that.”

Asked if it has been decided: “I don’t think so.”

— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 4, 2023

McCarthy falls short of House speaker vote

Voting has just ended. McCarthy has lost his bid for House speaker, once again, though an official vote announcement is still needed.

With no majority earned on either side, a fifth round of voting may take place.

With dissent ripe on the Republican side, Hakeem Jeffries has secured all 212 votes from Democrats, versus McCarthy’s 201.

McCarthy lost a vote, with Spartz voting present during the fourth round.

Members who did not answer during the first roll call are now being called.

Indiana representative Victoria Spartz has voted present during the House Speaker election.

George Santos, who left the House chamber after casting his vote in today’s roll call, voted for McCarthy.

From CBS News’ Scott MacFarlane:

Rep-elect George Santos (R-NY) oh-so-briefly ducks into House Chamber to vote for Kevin McCarthy, then speeds back out of House Chamber. He’s remaining out of the sight lines of the cameras today

— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) January 4, 2023

So far, we’re at 20 no votes for McCarthy as roll call continues.

McCarthy has officially failed to convince any of the 20 Republican holdouts to support his nomination.

California representative Nancy Pelosi received applause as she cast her ballot for Jeffries, who will be her successor after her final term as House speaker.

Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, in dark green dress, prepares to speak about House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy's bid to be the next speaker in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA.
Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi prepares to speak about House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy’s bid to be the next speaker in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

We’re currently at 14 no votes for McCarthy.

But a majority of Republicans are giving McCarthy their support, with McCarthy’s vote for himself met with applause.

Jeffries also received applause as he voted for himself.

Both McCarthy and Jeffries receive energetic applause (minus the KM critics) from their respective party colleagues when they cast a vote for themselves.

— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) January 4, 2023

Jim Jordan is reportedly having an exchange with Maryland representative Andy Harris, as roll call on McCarthy’s election bid continues.

Jordan was previously floated as a possible nominee challenger to McCarthy.

From Washington Times reporter Mica Soellner:

JORDAN is having an exchange with Rep. Andy Harris, who voted against McCarthy four times now, in the corner of the House gallery

— Mica Soellner (@MicaSoellnerDC) January 4, 2023

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