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Jeffries and the Democrats are sitting pretty amid House GOP speaker chaos

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., and his House Democrats are sitting pretty amid Republicans’ infighting over who will be the next speaker.

The Democrats’ messaging against House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan’s speaker candidacy and their consistent voting record behind Jeffries — as well as calls for a bipartisan path forward — position the Democrats well amid the House chaos.

The Democrats have remained in lockstep behind Jeffries as their speaker nominee since the race to replace ousted House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., kicked off.

Twenty-five Republicans voted against Jordan, giving him just 194 votes — far short of the approximately 217 he needed to win the speaker’s race. Jeffries picked up 210 votes from House Democrats. 

Jordan was later voted out as the speaker designee by House Republicans in a closed-door conference.

Fox News Digital’s Liz Elkind and Adam Shaw contributed reporting.

Houston Keene is a politics writer for Fox News Digital.  Story tips can be sent to Houston.Keene@Fox.com and on Twitter: @HoustonKeene 

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