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Jordan loses his second speaker vote as nearly two dozen Republicans oppose him

House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, has lost a second-round vote to win the speaker’s gavel on Wednesday, calling into doubt whether he can ever be elected.

Twenty-two Republicans voted against Jordan on this round, after 20 did so on Tuesday during the initial vote. Jordan needs to secure a majority threshold of 217 votes to win.

Reps. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., Drew Ferguson, R-Ga., Marianette Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa, and Pete Stauber, R-Minn., all joined Jordan’s growing opposition, having voted for him in the first round and then for other candidates on Wednesday.

“If the number keeps going up then that’s a great sign, and we should continue to try to build upon that consensus until we can reach the 217,” said Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., a Jordan supporter.

“And if it goes down, well then, we have to go back to the drawing board and have a conversation about what our other options are.”

Elizabeth Elkind is a reporter for Fox News Digital focused on Congress as well as the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and politics. Previous digital bylines seen at Daily Mail and CBS News.

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