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Why Jordan couldn’t grab the speaker gavel after three failed ballots

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, was pulled as the GOP nominee for speaker on Friday after three failed ballots.

Jordan’s downfall had several factors in play, but a few of them drove the Ohio Republican down the exit ramp after 25 Republicans voted for other speaker candidates over him.

Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., who did not vote for Jordan to be speaker, told Fox News Digital on Friday that he thinks the large number of people who voted to pull Jordan from the nomination was due to the conference’s secret ballot.

Sources told Fox News Digital that the conference had voted to remove Jordan as the nominee in a closed-door meeting.

In the final round, 25 Republicans voted against Jordan, giving him just 194 votes — far short of the approximately 217 he would need to win the speaker’s race. It was his lowest total out of the three ballots.

Fox News Digital’s Adam Shaw and Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

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


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