House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy failed to garner the votes required for speaker again as the House finished the third round of voting. GOP Representative Tom Cole called for the House to adjourn until Wednesday noon following the vote.
In the third round of voting for speaker, 20 GOP representatives voted against McCarthy with Representative Byron Donalds joining the 19 GOP lawmakers who voted against McCarthy in the first two rounds.
Jordan has said he does not want the position and nominated McCarthy in the second round.
McCarthy is the first nominee for the position of the speaker in 100 years to fail to win the first round of votes for gavel. After the first three rounds of voting, the House prepared for votes that could stretch into Tuesday evening.
The California Representative had admitted that he was unlikely to win the speakership on the first round, setting the platform for a potentially long delay before new members of the House could be sworn in. McCarthy added he was comfortable breaking the record for the longest speakership election in history, which stands at two months and 133 ballots.
“We may have a battle on the floor,” McCarthy told reporters. “But the battle is for the conference and the country, and that’s fine with me,” he said.
The Republican opposition to McCarthy has been headed by members of the House Freedom Caucus, a hard-right group who gave pushed for changes to chamber rules. Scott Perry, the Freedom Caucus chair, reiterated his opposition to McCarthy and accused him of not working in good faith with his group.