After convening for the third day, following an adjournment Wednesday night, the House will move into their eighth vote. This means that Representative Kevin McCarthy did not receive the necessary votes required in the House’s seventh vote – the first vote of Thursday. After talks of the party scrambling last night, it seems as though not much has changed as the day could still be full of votes, as it has been the past two days.
In the seventh vote, McCarthy got 201 votes, Jefferies got his 212 votes, Donalds got 19 votes, former President Trump got one vote, and one Rep. voted present.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fl., voted for Donald Trump shortly after the four-vote limit against McCarthy was met. Though, Gaetz would not have been one to vote for McCarthy as he has let to vote for him and remains one of his critics.
As of now, and until a Speaker is selected, House members cannot be sworn in and will continue to use the Representative-elect title. The Clerk of the House, who is currently presiding over the vote, will continue to head the House until a Speaker is selected.
The voting will continue until a majority is gained for one candidate. This could take days or even weeks depending on how the member-elects vote. Though this will for sure remain close as the votes continue to come in.
Though as of now it seems, until there is a better candidate nominated the deadlock may continue.