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McCarthy blocked from taking House Speaker’s seat after three failed votes

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House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON – The House will continue to vote after failing to select a House Speaker on Tuesday.
House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy was considered the obvious choice was blocked due to a lack of votes.
While McCarthy of California received a majority of his GOP Conference, their votes only tailed up to 203 votes.
McCarthy was just shy of the 218 needed to win a simple majority of the 434 House members present.
Several conservative voters cast their votes for candidates including former Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs, R-Ariz. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, received six votes, while Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., former Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., and Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla.
Democrats put their support behind minority leader, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York.
No other House business can proceed until a speaker is selected.
The House will continue to hold votes until a candidate receives at least 218 votes or a simple majority.
The last time the vote for House speaker went to multiple ballots was in 1923.