OAN’s Daniel Baldwin
1:53 PM – Friday, October 13, 2023
Ohio Representative Jim Jordan has inched closer to becoming the next Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Jordan defeated Georgia Representative Austin Scott (R-Ga.) in a secret ballot vote of 124-81 Friday afternoon.
However, the House Judiciary chairman is still 65 votes short of 217, the necessary number to clinch the role of Speaker. In a validation vote, Jordan won 152-55.
Sources told Politico that House Republicans would be breaking for the weekend.
Jordan previously lost a secret ballot when up against Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise (R-La.). Scalise withdrew from the race on Thursday night when it became evident he did not have a pathway to winning 217 votes on the House floor.
As of right now, the House Republican conference does not have a candidate that can win 217 votes on the floor of the House as the November 17th government funding deadline looms.
Jordan has the endorsement of former President Donald Trump.
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