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Jim Jordan Loses First Vote For Speaker’s Gavel As Moderates Hold Firm

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) fell short of becoming the 56th speaker of the House on Tuesday as dysfunction rules among Republicans.

A small faction of moderate Republicans opposed Jordan, but the controversial Ohio Republican will try to shrink their ranks while making the House vote again on his candidacy.

It took ousted Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) 15 ballots to win the speaker’s gavel in January — though he started with what appeared to be a much stronger base of support than Jordan has.