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Homehouse of representativesPotential speaker candidates emerge from shadows as Jordan's bid falters

Potential speaker candidates emerge from shadows as Jordan’s bid falters

Potential challengers are waiting in the wings for Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, to step away from the race for House speaker after he failed to clinch a majority of support in back-to-back House-wide votes.

Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Mich., a retired Marine Corps general, is “prepared” to step into the race if Jordan falters, his spokesman told Fox News Digital. Bergman had supported Jordan throughout his run for speaker.

“Following the second round of voting, the General was approached by colleagues and has had conversations about a possible Speaker run — it’s becoming clear Rep. Jordan’s path is narrowing by the hour,” the spokesman said.

“We cannot go another day without a Speaker. He simply doesn’t have the votes — we need to have a frank discussion as a conference about a path forward. If as a conference we see he can’t get the necessary votes to become Speaker, General Bergman is prepared to step up.”

Jordan won 199 votes in his second try at the speaker’s gavel on Wednesday, after winning 200 the previous day. 

His office has indicated that he will go through another vote on Thursday, but it’s likely to be the final bellwether on whether Jordan’s candidacy still has viability.

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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