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Jim Jordan suffers defeat on first ballot for speaker race, leaving fate uncertain

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WASHINGTON — The House remained deadlocked Tuesday as Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, failed to secure enough votes to become speaker on the first ballot.


Jordan received 200 votes, well short of the 217 votes needed to win on the House floor; 20 Republicans voted for someone other than Jordan.


He could afford to lose only three GOP votes, given that Rep. Gus Bilirakis of Florida, a Jordan supporter, missed the vote due to a funeral, and all 212 Democrats voted for Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries of New York.


The vote represents the angst and bitterness that persists among Republicans after the House was thrown into paralysis two weeks ago, when a band of eight conservative rebels voted to oust Kevin McCarthy as speaker in an unprecedented move.