The House of Representatives has adjourned for the evening after California Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy failed to win the speaker’s gavel for the 11th time.
The speaker election started Tuesday but McCarthy has fallen short of reaching the simple majority threshold needed to win in the 222-212 GOP-led House.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday failed in the first round of balloting to secure enough votes to become the chamber’s next speaker.
McCarthy unofficially got 203 votes, about 16 short.
House Democrats on Wednesday elected New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries as the leader of their conference.
Jeffries in assuming the post becomes the first black American to head a major political party in Congress.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, the New York Democrat poised to succeed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as his party’s leader in the House, has repeatedly denied the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s 2016 election.
But his claims of a stolen election and voter suppression have hardly gotten the same treatment as Trump and other Republicans who have raised ballot integrity issues and been endlessly branded as “election deniers.”