House Speaker Race Reaches 10th Ballot For First Time Since Before Civil War

Posted on AllSides January 5th, 2023
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For the first time since before the Civil War, the House is poised to hold a 10th vote for speaker after House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) failed to clinch the gavel across nine ballots.

Not since the 36th Congress, which stretched from 1859 through 1861, have there been a number of votes in the double digits. During that drawn-out process, William Pennington (R-NJ) emerged victorious after 44 votes.

The most votes ever taken is 133, back during the 34th Congress from 1855-1857.

Little has changed Thursday, which is the...

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