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House speaker vote live updates: Trump says voting for Emmer ‘would be a tragic mistake’


(WASHINGTON) — After three weeks without a speaker, House Republicans are again trying to fill the top spot, gathering behind closed doors Tuesday morning to cast secret ballots until one candidate gets a majority.

Seven Republicans are officially running for speaker after the historic removal of Kevin McCarthy earlier this month.

On Monday night, House GOP lawmakers heard from each candidate in a closed-door forum.

Here’s how the news is developing. All times Eastern:

Oct 24, 3:07 PM EDT
Trump says voting for Emmer ‘would be a tragic mistake’

Former President Donald Trump is urging Republicans on Capitol Hill to reject Tom Emmer after Emmer won the speaker nomination. This comes a day after Trump confirmed he spoke with Emmer over the weekend, saying he’s “always gotten along with him,” and that he would be staying out of the speaker race.

“I have many wonderful friends wanting to be Speaker of the House, and some are truly great Warriors. RINO Tom Emmer, who I do not know well, is not one of them,” Trump wrote on his social media platform.

“Voting for a Globalist RINO like Tom Emmer would be a tragic mistake!”

Yesterday, Trump said he took Emmer’s call ahead of the vote. While sources tell ABC News the former president privately told allies he didn’t support Emmer, he hadn’t said so publicly. The timing of Trump’s comments do not play in Emmer’s favor.

Trump posted his opposition to Emmer on his social media platform right as members were coming out of the closed-door meeting for a brief recess — presumably as many of them were checking their phones. And as Emmer headed out to convince the more than two dozen holdouts to cast ballots for him.

-ABC’s Lalee Ibssa, Soorin Kim, Kendall Ross and Rachel Scott

Oct 24, 2:26 PM EDT
Emmer to meet with holdouts during break in closed-door meeting

House Republicans are taking a break from the closed-door meeting for the next few hours. They are expected to return at 4 p.m. and resume the action.

Republicans leaving the closed-door meeting say that Rep. Tom Emmer will continue to meet with holdouts behind closed doors.

Rep. Steve Scalise, who ran for the top spot earlier this month, told reporters that Emmer said he won’t put his nomination on the floor for a full vote until he locks down 217 votes behind closed doors.

One of the more than 20 holdouts, Rep. Cory Mills, R-Fla., said that he’ll never vote for Emmer.

Oct 24, 2:46 PM EDT
Emmer wins speaker nomination, but lacks votes to win gavel

Multiple Republican members have told ABC News that roughly 26 Republicans voted against Rep. Tom Emmer in their closed-door roll call vote, signaling that he doesn’t have the support of enough members to win the speaker’s gavel in a floor vote.

Emmer is now fielding questions from members in the conference meeting. Some are streaming out and signaling that he plans to stay there as long as it takes to get the needed support.

It’s unclear when the Republicans will bring his nomination to the House floor for an official vote.

“We’re in a very bad place,” former Speaker Kevin McCarthy told ABC News Senior Congressional Correspondent Rachel Scott.

-ABC’s Benjamin Siegel

Oct 24, 1:14 PM EDT
Aguilar dismisses idea Democrats will vote ‘present’ to help Emmer

House Democratic Caucus chair Pete Aguilar dismissed the idea that Democrats are seriously considering voting “present” to help a Republican get elected as speaker when the vote hits the House floor.

“That isn’t a conversation that we’ve had,” Aguilar told reporters.

Aguilar said Democrats are willing to engage and have conversations about a path forward, but didn’t believe it fell to them to mend the GOP.

“It’s not on us to fix the Republican dysfunction and their round robin voting that is going on right now,” he said. “But we are serious about making this place work. We are serious about funding the government. We are serious about making sure that we look out for our allies in Israel and Ukraine. Those are things that we all want to get accomplished.”

-ABC’s Mariam Khan

Oct 24, 12:33 PM EDT
Emmer speaking to conference, taking roll call vote

House Majority Whip Tom Emmer is currently speaking to the conference after winning a majority of GOP votes to be elected speaker.

Emmer received 117 votes in the final round. But more than 100 Republicans voted against, either backing Louisiana Rep. Mike Johnson (who received 97 votes) or casting a ballot for someone else.

There will be a roll call vote in conference after the speech to help Emmer determine if he can get to the 217 votes needed before heading to the House floor.

Oct 24, 12:22 PM EDT
Emmer wins speaker nomination

House Majority Whip Tom Emmer won the nomination for speaker in the fifth round of voting.

Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., congratulated Emmer on X for becoming the speaker-designate.

Oct 24, 12:00 PM EDT
4th round results: Race is down to Tom Emmer and Mike Johnson

The speaker race is now between House Majority Whip Tom Emmer and Louisiana Rep. Mike Johnson.

Florida’s Byron Donalds and Oklahoma’s Kevin Hern are out of the race. Hern was eliminated in the fourth round and Donalds voluntarily dropped out.

These were the results of the fourth round of voting, according to members:

Tom Emmer – 107
Mike Johnson – 56
Byron Donalds – 25
Kevin Hern – 25

Oct 24, 11:31 AM EDT
3rd round results: Scott is out, speaker race down to 4

Rep. Austin Scott of Georgia was eliminated from the race during the third ballot.

Majority Whip Tom Emmer is inching closer to getting support from majority of the conference. There are 219 Republicans voting, so 110 votes would lock down the nomination on a secret ballot.

Results, per members:

Tom Emmer – 100
Mike Johnson – 43
Byron Donalds – 32
Kevin Hern – 26
Austin Scott – 12

Oct 24, 11:08 AM EDT
2nd round results: Bergman is out, Emmer gets most votes again

Rep. Jack Bergman of Michigan has been eliminated in the second ballot. House Majority Whip Tom Emmer received the most votes again.

These were the results of the second secret ballot, according to members:

Tom Emmer – 90
Mike Johnson – 37
Byron Donalds – 33
Kevin Hern – 31
Austin Scott – 14
Jack Bergman – 7

Oct 24, 10:47 AM EDT
First round results: Sessions eliminated, Emmer received the most votes

Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas was eliminated on the first round. House Majority Whip Tom Emmer received the most votes on the first ballot, according to members.

These were the vote tallies for the first round of voting, according to member:

Tom Emmer – 78
Mike Johnson – 34
Byron Donalds – 29
Kevin Hern – 27
Austin Scott – 18
Jack Bergman – 16
Pete Sessions – 8

Oct 24, 10:33 AM EDT
Alabama’s Gary Palmer drops out, 7 candidates remain

Rep. Gary Palmer dropped out of the speaker race on Tuesday morning, stating “if withdrawing my name can help expedite that process even a little, then I will gladly step aside.”

“I will work with the next speaker on the ideas I have laid out so Congress can come together and do the job the American people sent us here to do. With this in mind, I am withdrawing my name from consideration for Speaker,” Palmer, the current No. 5 Republican announced on X.

That means seven candidates are left: Reps. Tom Emmer, Jack Bergman, Byron Donalds, Kevin Hern, Austin Scott, Pete Sessions and Mike Johnson.

-ABC’s Lauren Peller

Oct 24, 9:48 AM EDT
Alabama’s Gary Palmer drops out, seven candidates remain

Rep. Gary Palmer dropped out of the speaker race on Tuesday morning, stating “if withdrawing my name can help expedite that process even a little, then I will gladly step aside.”

“I will work with the next speaker on the ideas I have laid out so Congress can come together and do the job the American people sent us here to do. With this in mind, I am withdrawing my name from consideration for Speaker,” Palmer, the current No. 5 Republican, announced on X.

That means seven candidates are left: Reps. Tom Emmer, Jack Bergman, Byron Donalds, Kevin Hern, Austin Scott, Pet Sessions and Mike Johnson.

Oct 24, 9:38 AM EDT
Would Democrats come to Tom Emmer’s aid?

Rep. Tom Emmer, who is believed to be the frontrunner in the race, is one of two candidates who voted to certify the 2020 election. While his vote has sparked backlash among allies of former President Donald Trump, Democrats have found it commendable.

Multiple sources say there are ongoing conversations among House Democrats about what to do if Emmer is unable to get the votes needed and whether Democrats would make a play to help. While no decision has been made, multiple Democrats have signaled they would be open to helping him by voting present or sitting out the vote to make it easier for Emmer to win.

The catch: Democrats would want assurances that Emmer would back the deal made between McCarthy and Biden to keep the government funded at the levels previously negotiated plus agree to put the bill with funding for Ukraine and Israel on the floor for a vote.

Reality check: there are a growing number of Republicans who have serious reservations about more Ukraine funding though most seem open to aid to Israel.

Oct 24, 8:58 AM EDT
Republicans cast secret ballots in latest effort to get speaker nominee

House Republicans are gathering behind closed doors to once again attempt to elect a new Speaker of the House — with eight GOP candidates in the race to get the House back to work.

There are 221 Republicans right now in the House. It only takes a simple majority of 111 to win the nomination.

With eight candidates, it’s possible a majority winner is not produced on the first ballot. In this case, the last-place finisher is eliminated and the secret ballot process is repeated until one emerges with a majority, according to conference rules.

All eight candidates have pledged — if they win — to conduct a closed-door roll call vote of the full conference to determine whether they have the support of 217 Republicans for a full floor vote. That would potentially save Republicans from another embarrassing round of votes where their nominee fails on the floor and does not win the gavel.

Oct 23, 7:46 PM EDT
Speaker race down to eight after Rep. Meuser drops out

Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Dan Meuser told reporters outside the candidate forum Monday night that he is dropping out of the speaker’s race.

“I came in late and have other commitments I want to adhere to,” Meuser said.

Meuser said he’s helping former President Trump’s 2024 campaign in Pennsylvania.

There are now eight candidates running for House speaker.

Meuser said he hasn’t decided who he will endorse in the speaker’s race.

“If it keeps up any longer, I think it will,” Meuser said when asked if the inability to elect a speaker will cost the Republicans the House majority.

Oct 23, 5:11 PM EDT
How speaker candidates have voted on issues such as 2020 election, Ukraine aid, same-sex marriage

There are nine candidates for speaker. Here’s how they have voted in the past on key issues.

Jack Bergman (MI)
Byron Donalds (FL)
Kevin Hern (OK)
Mike Johnson (LA)
Dan Meuser (PA)
Gary Palmer (AL)
Pete Sessions (TX)

Tom Emmer (MN)
Austin Scott (GA)
-Both members signed onto the Texas lawsuit seeking to throw out votes in key swing states

Byron Donalds (FL)
Mike Johnson (LA)
Kevin Hern (OK)
Pete Sessions (TX)
-But most of the candidates have reservations about additional funding to Ukraine.

Tom Emmer (MN)

Jack Bergman (MI)
Byron Donalds (FL)
Kevin Hern (OK)
Mike Johnson (LA)
Dan Meuser (PA)
Gary Palmer (AL)
Pete Sessions (TX)
Austin Scott (GA)

Tom Emmer (MN)
Jack Bergman (MI)
Dan Meuser (PA)
Austin Scott (GA)
Pete Sessions (TX)

Kevin Hern (OK)
Mike Johnson (LA)
Byron Donalds (FL) missed the vote

Byron Donalds (FL)
Gary Palmer (AL)
Pete Sessions (TX)
Jack Bergman (MI)
Dan Meuser (PA)
-Others are supportive of Trump’s bid

-ABC’s Rachel Scott, Jay O’Brien, Benjamin Siegel

Oct 23, 5:14 PM EDT
Who are the 9 Republicans now trying to be House speaker?

Nine Republicans are officially running for speaker after almost three weeks of chaos without a leader in the House. Now the candidates for speaker include: Reps. Jack Bergman of Michigan, Byron Donalds of Florida, Tom Emmer of Minnesota, Kevin Hern of Oklahoma, Mike Johnson of Louisiana, Dan Meuser of Pennsylvania, Gary Palmer of Alabama, Austin Scott of Georgia and Pete Sessions of Texas.

House Republicans will hear from each candidate in a closed-door forum on Monday night.

Read more about each candidate here.

Oct 23, 4:58 PM EDT
Trump has spoken with several speaker candidates — including Emmer

Former President Donald Trump has spoken to several of the candidates for speaker of the House including Reps. Tom Emmer, Kevin Hern, Pete Sessions and Byron Donalds, multiple sources tell ABC News.

While Trump insisted, he has “always” gotten along with Emmer, sources say the former president has privately told allies he does not support him. Trump has not endorsed Emmer for the top job in the House.

Emmer is one of two Republicans running for speaker who voted to certify the 2020 election results. Trump allies — including Steve Bannon — have called on Republicans to “take out Emmer.”

So does Trump’s endorsement have any weight behind it?

He supported Kevin McCarthy — McCarthy was ousted. He supported Jim Jordan — Jordan couldn’t get enough support.

That’s not a great track record so far. But in a bitterly divided conference, it doesn’t help to have prominent right-wing figures attacking you with the former president’s blessing either.

-ABC’s Rachel Scott, Jay O’Brien, Benjamin Siegel

Oct 21, 11:45 AM EDT
Majority Whip Tom Emmer officially enters the race

House Majority Whip Tom Emmer has officially announced his bid for Speaker.

“I’m running for Speaker of the House to bring our conference together and get back to work,” Emmer said on X.

Emmer (the No. 3 Republican) sent a Dear Colleague letter saying that the GOP conference remains at a “crossroads” and the “deck is stacked against us.”

“Having had the privilege of getting to know all of you as your NRCC chair and as your majority whip, I know we are still ready for that fight,” Emmer said about keeping the House majority.

Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy has already endorsed Emmer for the top job.

Emmer may appear to be the front-runner, but he has opposition from Trump world and the far-right, who say he has opposed their candidates in previous elections.

-ABC’s Lauren Peller and Jay O’Brien

Oct 20, 5:04 PM EDT
Crowded field emerges for speaker nomination

Oklahoma Rep. Kevin Hern, whose name was previously floated for the job, told ABC News he will run for speaker at the candidate forum. Hern has served since 2018 and is the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, the largest conservative group in the House.

House Majority Whip Tom Emmer, R-Minn., when leaving the conference meeting told reporters it was “too soon” to say whether he would put his name forward. But three House Republicans have told ABC News that Emmer is making calls soliciting support for a bid.

Several other Republicans have thrown their hats into the ring: Florida’s Byron Donalds, one of four Black House Republicans; Texas’ Pete Sessions, the longest-tenured lawmaker to enter the race so far; Michigan’s Jack Bergman, is a retired lieutenant general who served decades in the Marine Corps; Louisiana’s Mike Johnson, the House Republican vice conference chair; and Georgia’s Austin Scott, who sits seats on the Agriculture, Armed Services and the Intelligence committees.

-ABC’s John Parkinson

Oct 20, 4:47 PM EDT
What happens next?

Republicans are back to square one when it comes to finding a new speaker.

The House will have no further votes Friday or this weekend. Republicans plan to hold a candidate forum on Monday at 6:30 p.m. and a secret ballot vote on Tuesday morning with the hopes of bringing a candidate to the House floor on Tuesday afternoon.

“The reason why I made that decision is we need space and time for candidates to talk to other members,” said Rep. Patrick McHenry, the temporary speaker. “It’s fair to say that Leader Scalise wasn’t given adequate time to campaign — he was given 24 hours to campaign. I don’t think that was right for him. Our nominee Jordan was given a little more time. Not right for him,.”

-ABC’s Lauren Peller

Oct 20, 3:06 PM EDT
Jordan speaks after being booted as nominee

Jim Jordan, in brief remarks, said it’s time for House Republicans to find consensus and that whoever becomes their next speaker pick will have his support.

“We need to come together and figure out who our speaker is going to be,” Jordan said. “I’m going to work as hard as I can to help that individual so that we can go help the American people.”

Jordan looked forward to returning to his role as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, telling reporters he has several depositions lined up next week.

“It’s important we do unite. Let’s figure out who that individual is, get behind him and get to work for the American people,” Jordan concluded.

Oct 20, 2:29 PM EDT
McCarthy: Republicans going ‘back to the drawing board’

“Unfortunately, Jim is no longer going to be the nominee,” former Speaker Kevin McCarthy said as he was leaving the conference. “We will have to go back to the drawing board.”

McCarthy blamed the “Crazy Eights” who led his ouster for the chaos they’ve wreaked on the Republican Party and the country.

“I’ve never seen this amount of damage done … it’s astonishing to me,” he said.

“We are in a very bad position as a party, one that has won the majority, one that America has entrusted us with,” McCarthy continued. “Eight people have put us in this place.”

McCarthy didn’t endorse a new nominee or say whether he would re-enter the race.

-ABC’s John Parkinson

Oct 20, 2:09 PM EDT
GOP drops Jordan in secret ballot vote

Jordan lost a secret ballot vote to remain the Republican nominee for speaker.

The conference voted to drop him during a closed-door meeting after he lost a third ballot on the House floor.

The secret ballot vote was 86-112.

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, leaving the meeting, said they will be “starting over” on Monday.

-ABC’s Rachel Scott, John Parkinson, Lauren Peller, Ben Siegel, Jay O’Brien and Mariam Khan

Oct 20, 1:58 PM EDT
Republicans, in secret ballot, to decide if Jordan should stay in the race

House Republicans are now taking a secret ballot vote on whether Jordan should remain their candidate for speaker.

The goal, for Jordan’s camp, is a “reset” with the House GOP and the supporters of Steve Scalise who are frustrated that the Louisiana Republican won the conference vote but didn’t get to take his nomination to the floor.

Jordan would need a majority in the secret ballot vote to reaffirm his standing. But even if he prevails, it’s unlikely to lead to any softened opposition from his critics.

Republicans are voting for or against Jordan, or present. There is no option to vote for other candidates.

If he loses, it’s possible he would step aside and allow others to make a play for the speaker’s gavel. If he wins, he could try to take his nomination to the House floor once again.

-ABC’s Benjamin Siegel

Oct 20, 1:02 PM EDT
Republicans to huddle behind closed doors as House remains paralyzed

Republicans plan to gather yet again behind closed doors Friday afternoon for a conference meeting on how to proceed with the speaker debate.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

It’s been 17 days since the House had a speaker, leaving lawmakers unable to act amid the Israel-Hamas conflict and a looming deadline to fund the government or face a shutdown.

Oct 20, 12:14 PM EDT
House in recess, next steps unclear

Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry has gaveled the House into recess.

“A speaker has not been elected,” McHenry announced at 12:06 p.m.

Whether there will be a fourth vote today remains unclear. Republicans are expected to hold a conference meeting early Friday afternoon to discuss the path forward.

-ABC’s John Parkinson

Oct 20, 12:04 PM EDT
Jordan loses again, with 25 Republicans voting against him

Jordan was again rejected, this time with 25 Republicans voting against his candidacy.

The Ohio Republican received 194 votes, his lowest total yet. House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries received 210 votes, two fewer than in previous rounds due to Democratic absences.

Support for GOP Rep. Patrick McHenry, the interim speaker, began to emerge on this ballot. Six Republicans voted this round for the North Carolina Republican.

The speaker’s chair remains empty more than two weeks since the historic removal of Kevin McCarthy.

Oct 20, 11:46 AM EDT
Jordan loses even more GOP support than in 2 previous votes

Republican opposition to Jordan has grown, with at least 24 GOP members rejecting his third attempt to be speaker.

The results come after Jordan tried to pressure GOP holdouts, both publicly and privately, to change their minds.

Jordan had 20 Republican defectors in the first round and 22 in the second. The third vote is ongoing.

Oct 20, 11:21 AM EDT
3rd vote is underway, Jordan expected to lose

The 3rd vote for speaker is now underway.

Jordan can only afford to lose five Republican votes. Already, seven Republicans have cast their ballot for someone else.

Jordan earlier Friday hinted the House could continue voting through the weekend for speaker. The chamber is paralyzed without one, unable to respond to the crisis in Israel or consider the foreign aid package being requested by President Joe Biden.

Oct 20, 11:14 AM EDT
Clark says GOP engaged in ‘civil war’ rather than governing

House Democratic Whip Katherine Clark nominated Hakeem Jeffries for speaker.

In her speech, she told Republicans it’s “not too late” to work with Democrats on a bipartisan path forward as she criticized Jordan’s record. She also referenced the threats some Republicans have received as they oppose Jordan’s bid.

“Every day, every day, the majority chooses to engage in a Republicans civil war that is threatening their own members instead of engaging with us in the work of the American people is a day that weakens this institution and the standing of our county,” Clark said. “We need a speaker who will govern with consensus, not conflict.”

Oct 20, 10:59 AM EDT
McCarthy nominates Jordan, who needs 214 votes

A quorum call established 427 members are present for today’s vote.

That means Jordan will need 214 votes to win the speakership.

Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy stood to nominate Jordan, calling him an “effective legislator” amid scrutiny of his record. The comment prompted audible laughter from Democrats.

McCarthy fired back on Democrats, calling them ineffective on border security and other issues. He singled out California Rep. Pete Aguilar, who has repeatedly nominated House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries for speaker.

“Mister Speaker the truth is, if we measure lawmakers by how many bills have their name on it, we’re using the wrong measuring stick,” he said. He then said that members who have their names on the bill the most frequently are the “most selfish.”

“Jim Jordan is one of the most selfless,” he claimed.

Oct 20, 10:50 AM EDT
Jeffries labels Jordan a ‘clear and present danger’

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., criticized Jordan ahead of a third vote — calling him the “poster child for MAGA extremism.”

“We recognize that Jim Jordan is a clear and present danger to the American people, and we are going to be here for as long as it takes to end this national nightmare,” he said.

Jeffries called on traditional Republicans to link up with Democrats to “find a bipartisan path forward.” But when asked by ABC News’ Jay O’Brien if there are any moderate GOP members who’d be willing to work with Democrats on finding an alternative candidate, Jeffries said that question should be posed to them.

He also again signaled Democratic support for Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry to have temporary power despite Republican opposition.

“I’ve said repeatedly that there are many Republicans on the other side of the aisle who we believe are good Americans, good patriots, good men and women. Patrick McHenry is one of them. There are others,” Jeffries said.

-ABC’s Lauren Peller

Oct 20, 8:55 AM EDT
Jordan presses his case ahead of 3rd vote Friday morning

Ohio Republican Jim Jordan is pushing ahead in his bid for speaker, telling reporters that he believes House Republicans must elect one to get on with the American people’s business as he signals additional rounds of votes could continue through the weekend.

“There’s been multiple rounds of votes for speaker before we all know that,” Jordan said, alluding to the 15 rounds of votes last January to elect Kevin McCarthy as speaker. “I just know that we need to get a speaker as soon as possible so we can get to work for the American people.”

“Our plan this weekend is to get the speaker elected to the House of Representatives as soon as possible so we can help the American people,” Jordan later added.

Jordan said he hopes that the Republicans will elect him today, so that lawmakers can get the House open “as soon as possible.”

“People I think are starting to doubt and wonder about their government and about where our nation is headed,” Jordan said following two failed votes earlier this week – and Thursday he did not even attempt a vote. “I think the American people are thirsty for change. I think they are hungry for leadership.”

“We got important work to do,” Jordan said, ticking through a list of projects he would like to address as speaker. “In short, we need to get to work for the American people. We need to do what we said we were going to do. We need to do what we told them we’re going to do when they elected us and put us at office and frankly we can’t do that if the House isn’t open.”

-ABC’s John Parkinson

Oct 19, 7:11 PM EDT
Jordan’s office says the third vote will be Friday

The House will vote Friday at 10 a.m. on a third speaker ballot, according to Jordan’s spokesman.

Oct 19, 5:03 PM EDT
Jordan, leaving meeting, says there will be a 3rd vote after all

Leaving the closed-door meeting with Republicans, Jordan said that the House will vote again on his speaker bid for a third time.

When asked about timing, he said he wanted to talk to the holdouts who are opposing him before moving forward.

Oct 19, 2:55 PM EDT
Jordan, leaving meeting, says there will be a 3rd vote after all

Leaving the closed door meeting with Republicans, Jordan said that the House will vote again on his speaker bid for a third time.

When asked about timing, he said he wanted to talk to the holdouts who are opposing him before moving forward.

Oct 19, 2:52 PM EDT
McCarthy shouted at Matt Gaetz in GOP meeting

Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy shouted at Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida as the party met behind closed doors. Gaetz led the charge against McCarthy, successfully rallying a small group of Republican hard-liners to remove him.

“The whole country is screaming at Matt Gaetz,” McCarthy said.

Oct 19, 2:27 PM EDT
Plan to temporarily empower McHenry appears to be nonstarter

After more than three hours behind closed doors, House Republicans don’t seem to have a plan on how to move forward with the speakership.

The meeting is still ongoing, but several Republicans emerged in the last few minutes to tell reporters that the proposal to temporarily empower Patrick McHenry is now a nonstarter, lacking the support of a majority of Republicans.

“The best thing for Republicans to do is to elect a speaker,” former Speaker Kevin McCarthy told reporters.

Absent a plan to empower McHenry, Republicans said Jordan told members he will reevaluate his campaign for speaker after talking to some of his critics. Several Republicans spoke up in the meeting and said Jordan should suspend his campaign given the lack of support.

-ABC’s Benjamin Siegel

Oct 19, 12:21 PM EDT
Some House conservatives slam proposal to empower temporary speaker and delay vote on Jordan

As Republicans continue to debate how best to move forward given Jordan’s impasse, some of his top allies are bashing the idea of elevating Patrick McHenry with Democratic support until January to get the House through funding Israel/Ukraine aid and avoiding a shutdown.

“This is the wrong thing to do. Our voters worked very hard to give us the majority,” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., said.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., shared his opposition.

“I’m against speaker lite,” Gaetz said. “It’s constitutional desecration.”

Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., told ABC Senior Congressional Correspondent Rachel Scott he doesn’t back the plan and predicted that more than half the GOP would oppose it.

Even if the pragmatic Republicans supporting Jordan support the plan, it will need Democratic votes. The exact number could be fluid.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., has said Republicans must take up government funding and Israel/Ukraine aid. His third demand — allowing “bipartisan bills” to the floor — could be a nonstarter for many Republicans depending on how it’s construed.

McHenry kept his cards close entering the meeting about whether he supports the plan.

“I never asked for additional powers,” he said.

He is expected to gavel the House into session shortly and then recess as both parties continue their private meetings.

Oct 19, 11:56 AM EDT
What Jordan not holding 3rd vote could mean for speakership quest

If Jordan doesn’t hold a third vote in his speakership bid, and instead backs additional powers for temporary speaker McHenry, it may not mean Jordan is out of the race.

The move will allow Jordan to hold on to the “designee” title and potentially keep pursuing votes from his fellow members, but in the meantime give the House a chance to move forward with important duties such as avoiding an impending government shutdown and aid to countries at war.

On his way to the Thursday morning meeting with his colleagues, Jordan wouldn’t directly say what he planned to do but pledged to offer an update after he heard from fellow members.

“I’m not gonna get into any details. I think it’s important to speak to our colleagues first. And then once conference is over, I’ll be happy to come out and stand there and not make you walk backwards and talk to you then,” he said. “But right now, I’m gonna go talk to my colleagues.”

Jordan had also previously said he was hoping to “bring the conference together” and acknowledged they were looking at “all kinds of options,” including expanding the powers of McHenry and allowing the House to get back to business without an elected GOP speaker.

-ABC’s Katherine Faulders and Rachel Scott

Oct 19, 11:57 AM EDT
Jordan expected to announce he will not hold 3rd vote for speakership

After two failed votes so far, Jordan is expected to soon tell his GOP colleagues that he won’t hold a third vote for the role of speaker and instead will throw his weight behind expanding powers for the Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry, according to two sources familiar with the decision.

-ABC’S Katherine Faulders and Rachel Scott

Oct 19, 10:17 AM EDT
Republicans expected to meet Thursday morning ahead of possible vote

House Republicans are expected to meet behind closed doors in the Capitol basement at 11 a.m. Thursday to discuss the speaker race situation ahead of a possible floor vote later in the day.

A vote could take place on the floor as early at noon, but the exact timing — and details of the vote — haven’t been set.

Oct 18, 7:32 PM EDT
Republicans say they were threatened after not voting for Jordan

Nearly half a dozen GOP members who have voted against Jordan said they or their offices were threatened or harassed — including, in the case of one lawmaker, with “credible death threats.”

“No American should accost another for their beliefs. We condemn all threats against our colleagues, and it is imperative that we come together. Stop. It’s abhorrent,” Jordan said in a statement on X.

Rep. Carlos Gimenez of Florida told ABC News that his office and staff have been receiving calls to try to pressure him to back Jordan.

“He [Jordan] told me he wasn’t behind it and he has asked people to stop. If you have asked people to stop it, why haven’t they listened to you?” Gimenez said.

Oct 18, 7:56 PM EDT
McHenry says he’ll give Jordan ‘as long as he needs’ to clinch speakership

Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., said he plans on giving Jordan “as long as he needs” to garner the support necessary to clinch the speakership.

“Look, Speaker-designee Jordan is working with the conference to get his votes. It’s a tight time frame. But look — he has the most votes in the conference. We’ve had two ballots and I think he has the support of the conference. I think we are going to keep working,” McHenry told reporters.

McHenry added that House Republicans didn’t “have plans to” hold a conference meeting Wednesday evening after Jordan failed to win the gavel for the second time in two days.

Oct 18, 4:53 PM EDT
Next House votes happening Thursday afternoon

Majority Whip Tom Emmer’s office said the House will not take any further votes Wednesday. The next votes are expected Thursday no earlier than 12 p.m., Emmer said.

That means the soonest the next speaker vote could happen would be Thursday afternoon.

Oct 18, 4:16 PM EDT
House will not vote again for speaker on Wednesday, next vote possible Thursday

The House is not expected to take another vote for speaker on Wednesday, sources tell ABC News.

Jordan told reporters that another vote for speaker could come Thursday.

Sources tell ABC News that Jordan has also pushed for a vote on a resolution empowering Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry, but it’s unclear if the GOP leadership team will agree to put that on the floor while Jordan is still an active candidate for speaker, and while other Republicans may be waiting in the wings to make a play for the gavel if he exits the race.

-ABC’s Benjamin Siegel

Oct 18, 3:54 PM EDT
Rep. Barr jokes with Capitol tourists: ‘Any of you want to sign up?’

More than two hours have passed and there’s little progress to report with the House still in recess. Still, there was a moment of levity with tourists amid the tense and chaotic speakership battle.

Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., just popped into the chamber and noticed about 20 visitors seated patiently in the gallery and shouted, “We’re looking for a speaker. Any of you want to sign up?”

The crowd laughed and someone shouted a question — asking him whether lawmakers are coming back for another round of votes for speaker.

He said he thought that was the plan and then walked over to the back of the chamber to chat with the visitors.

“Where are you from?” Barr asked, to which several visitors responded they were from South Carolina, Pittsburgh and Virginia.

Barr, who was the only member in the Chamber during this interaction, mingled for a few minutes before excusing himself.

“Thanks for coming,” he said. “Sorry we can’t show you any more right now.”

Oct 18, 3:28 PM EDT
Breaking down Jordan’s performance, GOP defectors

Jordan received one fewer vote in the second round than he did on Tuesday, receiving 199 votes.

Jordan picked up three members, but lost four others.

Seven Republicans voted for House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, who initially won the party’s nomination for speaker but bowed out of the race last week. They were: Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, Drew Ferguson of Georgia, Tony Gonzales of Texas, Kay Granger of Texas, John Rutherford of Florida, Mike Simpson of Idaho and Steve Womack of Arkansas.

Five voted for McCarthy: Reps. Don Bacon of Nebraska, Lori Chavez DeRemer of Oregon, Carlos Gimenez of Florida, Jennifer Kiggans of Virginia and Mike Lawler of New York.

Other Republicans who voted for someone else include Reps Vern Buchanan of Florida, Ken Buck of Ohio, Jake Ellzey of Kansas, Mary Miller-Meeks of Iowa, John James of Michigan, Mike Kelley of Pennsylvania and Pete Stauber of Minnesota.

Oct 18, 3:21 PM EDT
Centrists, institutionalists block Jordan’s path

The 22 Republicans who voted against Jordan make up a group of centrists and institutionalists who show no signs of budging anytime soon.

The group of detractors cited an array of reasons for voting against Jordan, including refusing to reward the lawmakers who voted to oust McCarthy, bristling against the pressure campaign from Jordan’s allies and rising worries over Jordan’s ideological rigidity, including his support for efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.

“It made us mad, and it backfires,” Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., said Wednesday on Newsmax of the pressure campaign. “Some of the younger folks, maybe that works. But someone like me … you win us over with an argument that makes sense. You’re going to have to convince us. And threatening us does not work.”

Oct 18, 1:39 PM EDT
Jordan suffers 2nd defeat

Jordan has officially lost a second vote in his bid for speaker.

The Ohio Republican received 199 votes. House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries received 212 votes. Twenty-two Republicans cast their ballot for someone else.

Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry gaveled the House into recess.

Jim Jordan loses more votes in second round of voting for House speaker

Oct 18, 1:12 PM EDT
GOP likely to meet behind closed doors after vote

Republicans will most likely go into a closed-door conference meeting, which is expected to include discussions about a potential short-term solution, among other things.

A conference meeting hasn’t officially been noticed to Republicans yet, but sources said that’s the next expected step after the vote closes.

-ABC’s Katherine Faulders

Oct 18, 1:01 PM EDT
Republican opposition to Jordan rises

Jordan is facing even more opposition in this second round, with 22 Republicans so far casting their ballot for someone else.

On Tuesday, he had 20 GOP defectors.

The vote is still ongoing.

Oct 18, 12:26 PM EDT
Jordan on track for another defeat

The vote is ongoing, but already 10 Republicans have voted against Jordan, with that number expected to rise.

Oct 18, 12:18 PM EDT
Second vote for speaker is underway

A roll call vote is now underway.

Each member is being called on alphabetically to voice who they want to see succeed McCarthy. Jordan can only afford to lose four House Republicans before a fifth upsets his bid.

Oct 18, 12:51 PM EDT
Rep. Tom Cole nominates Jordan for speaker

Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole stood to nominate Jordan for the second ballot vote, saying he has what it takes to be speaker.

“He doesn’t dissemble. He simply tells you straight up, ‘this is what I believe,’ ‘this is why I think it’s the right thing to do for this country and that’s why I’m going to try to accomplish and work with you any way I can to do it,"” Cole said.

Cole commended Jordan’s work on committees and his stances on spending, immigration and more.

Cole also invoked the terror attacks in Israel, stating Israel is within its right to punish Hamas, which received a standing ovation from Republicans and Democrats.

“In a moment of crisis, and we are in a moment of crisis, we should come together to act,” Cole said. “And we know we can’t do that without a speaker of the House.”

Democrats once again nominated Hakeem Jeffries for speaker.

Oct 18, 11:44 AM EDT
Jordan: ‘We got to decide today’ on path forward

Jordan told reporters the American people deserve to have an answer today on what lies ahead.

“Look, I think we got to decide today. Are we going to have a Republican speaker … or is the body going to adopt this resolution with the speaker pro tempore?” Jordan said, referencing an effort to empower Rep. Patrick McHenry to conduct House business.

“I think both questions should be called,” Jordan said. “Let’s get an answer. We’ve been at this two weeks, the American people deserve to have their government functioning.”

Oct 18, 11:14 AM EDT
Republicans poised to reject Jordan on second ballot

Jordan is poised to lose Wednesday on a second ballot on the election of a speaker, but the Ohio Republican is showing no signs of giving up.

While Jordan has continued to attempt to sway holdout Republicans, only Rep. Doug LaMalfa of California has announced a change of heart following the first ballot. LaMalfa had initially voted for his fellow Californian, McCarthy — and now says he’ll support Jordan instead of the former speaker on the second ballot.

But the 19 other Republicans who bucked Jordan in the first round have not publicly shifted their stance yet, and Jordan is actually expected to lose additional lawmakers on the second ballot.

Oct 18, 10:19 AM EDT
Jordan could lose more Republicans on second ballot

A few Republican holdouts are reluctant to even take another meeting with Jordan or return his phone calls ahead of the second ballot set for Wednesday morning, sources tell ABC News.

By forcing another vote, Jordan runs the risk of losing even more Republicans on the second ballot. It’s unclear just how many gave him assurances that they’d only support him on the first round.

Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries told reporters that talks between Democrats and Republicans have accelerated on an alternative plan to get the House back to business. Sources say Jeffries floated the idea of elevating a temporary speaker for a limited time so the House can do its work — a signal that a growing number of Democrats could support this plan.

Most Republicans expect the opposition against Jordan to grow Wednesday.

Oct 18, 9:42 AM EDT
If Jordan’s can’t win, one Republican wants to empower Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry

Rep. Dave Joyce, R-Ohio, one of the few remaining moderates in the GOP majority, could bring up a motion to empower temporary speaker Patrick McHenry if Jordan can’t lock down the votes for speaker on the second ballot Wednesday morning.

“After two weeks without a Speaker of the House and no clear candidate with 217 votes in the Republican conference, it is time to look at other viable options. By empowering Patrick McHenry as Speaker Pro Tempore we can take care of our ally Israel until a new Speaker is elected,” Joyce said in a statement.

By officially “empowering” McHenry, Republicans could give themselves a (temporary) off ramp to approve emergency aid to Israel and to fund the government to avert a shutdown next month.

It’s not clear how long Joyce is proposing to empower McHenry, or if Republicans will allow Joyce to do so, instead of letting others run for speaker if Jordan falls short. It’s likely Democrats would need to back the proposal on the House floor, too.

McHenry and his team have suggested he isn’t interested in the role.

Oct 17, 5:21 PM EDT
Next speaker vote expected Wednesday morning

The next speaker vote will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jordan said after he left a two-hour meeting in Whip Emmer’s office.

He reiterated that he is not going to drop out of the speaker battle and emphasized that he had basically the same level of support as McCarthy on his first vote in January.

Jordan said he expects to gain support in a Wednesday morning vote, mentioning Florida Rep. Gus Bilirakis, who missed today’s vote because of a family funeral. He didn’t address potential future defectors.

Oct 17, 4:52 PM EDT
What Republicans are saying about Jordan’s first-round loss

Emerging from the floor after Jordan’s failed first vote, some Republicans expressed open frustration while others remained optimistic.

“We gotta wake up and stop this nonsense. There’s real serious work to be done,” Pennsylvania Rep. Dan Meuser said.

Meuser had “direct” and “strong” conversations with GOP colleagues after the vote to try to swing them, he said. “We’ve got to understand — we’ve got to operate as a team, because if we don’t, we will lose everything.”

But he has to contend with members such as Colorado’s Ken Buck, who is staunchly anti-Jordan because of concerns he won’t support Ukraine funding and because of his role in protesting the 2020 election results.

“I am not going to vote for Jim, I just think there’s too much there at this point,” Buck told ABC News. Buck said he feels so strongly “because I just don’t think that we can win the presidential election if we have candidates and leaders in our party who won’t admit that Donald Trump lost, who won’t admit that the Republican Party wants to move forward.”

Of course, Republicans such as Meuser and others argued that not voting in a speaker will also threaten GOP victories in the next election.

“I think it absolutely casts a bad cloud over the institution and Republicans,” New York Rep. Nicole Malliotakis told ABC News.

Still others, however, were more optimistic — comparing this process to McCarthy’s and using it to argue that Jordan is on track for success.

“Do you believe that at the end of the day, it’s going to be Speaker Jordan?” ABC News Senior Congressional Correspondent Rachel Scott asked Tennessee Rep. Tim Burchett.

“I do,” he replied.

-ABC’s Cheyenne Haslett

Oct 17, 4:26 PM EDT
GOP infighting continues

Jordan met with Scalise behind closed doors on Tuesday and asked for help to get the needed votes, a source told ABC News Senior Congressional Correspondent Rachel Scott. The source says Scalise wouldn’t commit to helping Jordan.

Scalise was the conference’s first choice for speaker in an internal contest last week, as he defeated Jordan 113-99. But he dropped out days later, amid opposition from holdouts who were backing Jordan.

Of the 20 Republicans who voted against Jordan in the first round, seven voted for Scalise.

Scalise cast his vote for Jordan.

Oct 17, 3:57 PM EDT
Jeffries urges GOP to join Dems in ‘finding a bipartisan path forward’

ABC News asked House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries if he sees Republicans forging a way out of the speakership impasse today.

“It’s not a complicated situation,” Jeffries responded. “We just need traditional Republicans to break from the extremists and join us in finding a bipartisan path forward. We’ve said it over and over and over again. We are ready, willing and able to get together and reopen the House.”

Oct 17, 3:27 PM EDT
Jordan tells ABC more members will vote for him on 2nd ballot

ABC News caught Jordan moments after he left the House chamber. He made it clear that he’s staying in the race for speaker, insisting there will be another vote tonight.

“We thought we were doing well … that we were in that area or a little more maybe, but we feel confident. We already talked to some members who are going to vote with us on the second ballot,” Jordan said as he rushed into an office.

-ABC’s Rachel Scott, Lauren Peller, Arthur Jones and John Parkinson

Oct 17, 2:49 PM EDT
Jordan’s team says expect another round of votes today

“The House needs a speaker as soon as possible,” Russell Dye, a spokesperson for Jordan, said in a statement. “Expect another round of votes today. It’s time for Republicans to come together.”

The timing of a second vote, however, remains unclear.

-ABC’s Katherine Faulders

Oct 17, 2:26 PM EDT
McCarthy says Jordan shouldn’t drop out, confident he’ll get the votes

McCarthy, the former speaker, attempted to equate Jordan’s loss to exactly what happened to him.

“Jordan had just as many votes as I had on the first one. I think the difference here is we have rules so we can sit down, talk to the other members and be able to move forward,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy lost 19 Republicans on the first ballot, while Jordan lost 20.

When asked if Jordan should drop out, McCarthy exclaimed: “No! No!”

“I saw the exact same vote that I got when I ran and I became speaker,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy said he’ll talk to Jordan and help in any way he can. When asked if he thinks Jordan will ultimately get the votes, McCarthy said “yes.”

-ABC’s Katherine Faulders

Oct 17, 2:02 PM EDT
House goes into recess

Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry, after reading aloud the results of the first ballot, gaveled the chamber into recess.

“A speaker has not been elected,” McHenry said.

There will not be an immediate second vote. Lawmakers are now expected to huddle behind closed doors in conference.

Oct 17, 2:10 PM EDT
The 20 Republicans who voted against Jordan

Twenty House Republicans cast their ballot for someone other than Jordan.

Seven voted for Scalise: Reps. Tony Gonzales of Texas, Kay Granger of Texas, Mario Diaz Balart of Florida, Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania, John Rutherford of Florida, Reps. Mike Simpson of Idaho and Steve Womack of Arkansas.

Six voted McCarthy: Reps. Lori Chavez DeRemer of Oregon, Don Bacon of Nebraska, Carlos Gimenez of Florida, Jennifer Kiggans of Virginia, Mike Lawler of New York and Doug LaMalfa of California.

Three voted for former New York congressman Lee Zeldin: Reps. Anthony D’Espositio, Andrew Garbarino and Nick LaLota — all members of the New York delegation.

Kansas Rep. Jake Ellzey voted for Mike Garcia of California; Colorado’s Ken Buck voted for House Majority Whip Tom Emmer; Michigan Rep. John James voted for Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole; and Indiana Rep. Victoria Spartz voted for Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky.

Oct 17, 1:56 PM EDT
Jordan loses first round of voting

Jordan lost his first bid for the speakership. He received 200 votes, but needed at least 217 to clinch the gavel.

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, nominated by Democrats, received 212 votes. Twenty lawmakers voted for someone else.

Oct 17, 1:33 PM EDT
McCarthy, ousted exactly 2 weeks ago, votes for Jordan

McCarthy, toppled by a small group of GOP hard-liners on Oct. 3, voted for Jordan to be his successor.

The moment was met with applause from the Republican side of the chamber.

But Jordan is still on track to lose on the first ballot, with 15 Republicans casting a vote for someone else.

Oct 17, 1:14 PM EDT
Jordan already falls short of vote needed

The vote is ongoing, but Jordan does not appear to have the support needed to win on the first ballot.

At least five Republicans have voted for someone else.

Two lawmakers, Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska and Rep. Lori Chavez-Deremer of Oregon voted for McCarthy. Anthony D’Esposito voted for former Rep. Lee Zeldin., Rep. Mario Diaz Balart of Florida voted for Steve Scalise. Rep. Jake Ellzey voted for fellow Republican Rep. Mike Garcia.

Oct 17, 1:02 PM EDT
The math behind the speaker vote

There are 432 members in attendance for the upcoming vote to elect a speaker, according to the quorum call.

That means that 217 is the majority threshold needed to win the gavel, presuming every member in attendance votes for someone by name.

Jordan can only afford to lose three votes.

The speaker vote began shortly before 1 p.m.

Oct 17, 1:00 PM EDT
Democrats nominate Hakeem Jeffries, slam Jordan’s record

Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., nominated House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries for speaker.

Aguilar focused much of his remarks on Jordan’s record, noting that one of Jordan’s own colleagues once described him as a “legislative terrorist.”

“When New Yorkers were recovering from Hurricane Sandy and needed Congress to act, he said ‘no,"” Aguilar said. “When wildfires ravaged the west, destroying homes and businesses and those residents needed disaster assistance, he said ‘no.’ When the Mississippi river floods devastated the south in communities across state lines and needed Congress to act, he said ‘no.’ When our veterans were suffering from disease and dying as a result of their service to our country and Congress passed a bipartisan solution, he said ‘no."”

Democrats seated behind Aguilar responded to each example with the chant, “He said no.”

“This body is talking about elevating a speaker nominee who has not passed a single bill in 16 years,” Aguilar said. “These are not the actions of someone interested in governing or bettering the lives of everyday Americans.”

Oct 17, 12:49 PM EDT
Stefanik nominates Jordan for speaker

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., rose to nominate Jordan for speaker. She received rounding applause from Republicans in the chamber.

“We are at a time of great crisis across America,” Stefanik said. “A time of historic challenges in this very chamber. And a time when heinous acts of terror and evil have been committed against our great ally, Israel.”

Stefanik went on to praise Jordan as a “patriot” and a “winner.”

“He’s an America-first warrior who wins the toughest of fights,” she said. “Going after corruption and delivering accountability at the highest levels of government, on behalf of we the people. Jim is the voice of the American people who have felt voiceless for far too long.”

Oct 17, 12:22 PM EDT
Quorum call is underway

Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry opened the chamber at 12:03 p.m., quickly moving the lower chamber into a prayer led by Margaret Grun Kibben.

Following the opening prayer and the pledge of allegiance, the House began a quorum call to establish the members who are present and voting.

Oct 17, 12:14 PM EDT
Jordan ignores questions on 2020 election

Jordan’s actions leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack have been under scrutiny in his run for speaker.

Colorado Rep. Ken Buck, one Republican holdout, has pointed to Jordan’s past comments about the 2020 election and Jan. 6.

Buck told ABC News on Monday, “I think Jim at some point If he is going to lead this conference … is going to have to be strong and say Donald Trump didn’t win the election, and we need to move forward. Hopefully, you know, for Republicans, we get a Republican candidate in the White House.”

ABC News pushed Jordan on that point ahead of the vote.

“I have been very clear about that,” he responded. “There were states that unconstitutionally changed our election law and that’s what I objected to, as did the vast, vast majority of Republican members of Congress.”

Asked if he would acknowledge that Trump lost the 2020 election, Jordan appeared to hear the question but did not respond and got onto the elevator. Two hours later, another reporter asked the same question and Jordan ignored it.

Oct 17, 12:04 PM EDT
Jordan projects confidence

Jordan spent the final hours meeting with GOP holdouts and working the phones ahead of the noon vote. There are still at least 10 holdouts and several members who have not said publicly how they will vote.

“We are going to find out here pretty soon,” Jordan told ABC News Senior Congressional Correspondent Rachel Scott when asked if he has enough support to get elected.

Oct 17, 12:01 PM EDT
House chamber filling up ahead of vote

Minutes before the House opens for business, the gallery of the House chamber is filling up with more than 200 tourists and other visitors to the Capitol as journalists begin to settle into the press galleries and lawmakers arrive on the floor.

Among the first members on the floor is Republican Rep. Frank Lucas of Oklahoma, who is using a walker as he recovers from a major operation after sustaining a hip injury farming. Lucas took a seat in the back near the aisle, chatting briefly with Republican Rep. Randy Weber of Texas.

Louisiana Republican Mike Johnson, who is rumored to be mulling his own bid for speaker if Jordan fails, is seated at the GOP leadership table. He walked over to the center aisle to talk with Colorado Democrat Joe Neguse.

Michigan Democrat Dan Kildee is seated behind the Democrat leadership table. Neguse is now seated there, chatting with his colleague. Rep. Debbie Dingel of Michigan is also seated on the Democratic side, scrolling through her phone.

Tennessee Republican Andy Ogles is the first of the Freedom Caucus members to stake their usual spot along the center aisle.

Oct 17, 11:55 AM EDT
Timing of the first-round speaker vote

Here’s the timing for what we expect for the first round of speaker votes this afternoon:

The clerk (Kevin McCumber, acting clerk) calls the House of Representatives to order at noon EST.
Prayer led by Margaret Grun Kibben — the first female chaplain of the House.
Pledge of Allegiance led by the House clerk.
Quorum call is ordered by the clerk. Members are called to vote electronically by state. At this point, we will hear the official number of lawmakers present and voting.
Election for speaker with nominations made by selected lawmakers. Typically, one lawmaker from each party is nominated — in this case, Jordan is the Republican nominee and Jeffries is the Democratic nominee. House Republican Conference chairwoman Elise Stefanik will nominate Jordan; House Democratic Caucus chairman Pete Aguilar will nominate Jeffries.
Debate on the nomination of candidates for speaker is allowed but not customary.
“Tellers” are appointed to count “viva voce” voice votes, usually two members from each side of the aisle. A “viva voce” vote is one spoken aloud. The (usually) four tellers take a seat at the dais and tally votes on paper.
Roll is then called by the House reading clerk with members calling out the last name of their chosen speaker; the clerk repeats the choice so everyone hears it. This could take up to one hour.
The House clerk announces the results; appoints an escort committee to formally escort the new Speaker-elect into the chamber.

Oct 17, 10:57 AM EDT
Does Jordan have the votes?

Currently the whole number of the House is 433, with two vacancies that won’t be filled until later this year. Presuming all 433 members vote, Jordan would need 217 votes to be named speaker.

But a whip count from ABC News shows it’s unlikely Jordan, who won the GOP nomination on Friday, has locked down the votes. He can only afford to lose four votes. As of right now, up to 10 Republicans have signaled that they plan to vote for someone other than Jordan on the first ballot. No Democrats are expected to support Jordan’s nomination.

A top aide to Jordan told ABC News that the congressman has “been meeting with members and making calls” this morning ahead of the vote.

Oct 17, 10:54 AM EDT
What to expect

The House will convene at noon today to consider the nomination of Jordan for speaker.

First, a quorum call will be ordered by the clerk for members to establish the official number of lawmakers present and voting.

Then, the election for speaker will take place. Typically, one lawmaker from each party is nominated: Jordan for Republicans and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries for Democrats. Lawmakers will then have a period of debate before a roll call vote in which each member will be called upon to state who they support for speaker.

If the first round fails, they have to restart this process or the House might recess so members could meet behind closed doors in conference.

Oct 17, 10:55 AM EDT
Who is Jim Jordan?

The Ohio Republican won the GOP nomination for speaker last week.

A conservative firebrand and favorite of former President Donald Trump, Jordan was first elected to Congress in 2006 and in 2015, founded the House Freedom Caucus — a conservative group that supports hard-line stances on government spending, health care, immigration and other issues.

Now, as the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jordan is one of the Republicans leading the impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden and investigations into his son, Hunter.

-ABC’s Sarah Beth Hensley

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