Kevin McCarthy has lost the fifth and sixth vote in the House Speaker election.
Republican bosses had planned to replace Democrat speaker Nancy Pelosi with party leader Mr McCarthy after wresting control of the House in the recent midterm elections But the usually straightforward process was thrown into disarray on Tuesday when a group of right-wing Republicans put forward their own candidate, Jim Jordan. The group’s support of Mr Jordan – who insisted he did not want the job – meant Mr McCarthy could not secure enough votes from his party to win the vote. It is the first time in 100 years that a nominee for House speaker failed to be appointed on the first vote.
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