California Rep. Kevin McCarthy loses, gains as House speaker election drags on: 'I voted present'

Posted on AllSides January 5th, 2023
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Two Republicans switched their vote away from Rep.-elect Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday and Wednesday.

McCarthy is facing serious headwinds in his bid to become House speaker, as he hasn't gained a majority of votes in six rounds of voting.

Rep. -elect Victoria Spartz, R-Ind., voted for McCarthy previously, but voted "present" during the fourth, fifth, and sixth round of voting. 

In explaining her vote, Spartz said that no Republicans have the votes needed to become House speaker.

"We have a constitutional duty to elect the Speaker of the House, but we have...

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