Vote Count: McCarthy Elected House Speaker After 15 Ballots

Vote Count: McCarthy Elected House Speaker After 15 Ballots


Representative Kevin McCarthy of California was voted House speaker on the 15th ballot just after midnight Friday. The final six holdouts in a group of ultraconservative Republicans voted “present,” lowering the threshold for him to win.

A table that shows the current tally for the most recent vote for speaker of the House.

15th Speaker Vote Final Tally

TotalDem.Rep.

McCarthy

2160216
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2122120
606

Note: To win, a member must receive the majority of votes cast for a person, not counting “present” votes. The Constitution specifies that House members choose the speaker, but the speaker does not have to be a current or even a former representative.

Mr. McCarthy needed 218 votes if every member of Congress cast a ballot, so he only could afford to lose four Republican votes. By the 14th round of voting, held on Friday, all but six of the 21 Republicans who had previously opposed Mr. McCarthy (or simply voted “present”) had flipped their votes.

How the 21 Republican Holdouts Have Voted

A table that shows the tally of votes by round by Republicans who have voted against Mr. McCarthy.

Ballot roundVote Count: McCarthy Elected House Speaker After 15 Ballots
McCarthy
OtherPresent
11th0201
12th1470
13th1560
14th1542
15th1506

Note: See a breakdown of individual member votes below.

Two Republicans who had withheld their support from Mr. McCarthy — Representatives Matt Gaetz of Florida and Lauren Boebert of Colorado —voted “present,” lowering the threshold for him to win to 217 votes but still leaving him one vote short. All 212 Democrats voted for Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York, the minority leader.

The House was initially set to adjourn after the 14th vote, but after furious negotiations on the floor, a 15th vote commenced. In that final vote, all six remaining detractors voted “present,” lowering the threshold to win by enough for Mr. McCarthy to secure the speakership.

A table that shows summary tallies for each ballot round of House speaker votes.

Ballot roundTotalVote Count: McCarthy Elected House Speaker After 15 Ballots
McCarthy
Headshot of Representative Jeffries
Jeffries
Other
1st43420321219
2nd43420321219
3rd43420221220
4th43320121220
5th43320121220
6th43320121220
7th43320121220
8th43320121220
9th43220021220
10th43220021220
11th43220021220
12th4312132117
13th4322142126
14th4322162124
15th4282162120

Note: To win, a member must receive the majority of votes cast for a person, not counting “present” votes which are not included in this table.

In the first vote, held on Tuesday, 19 House Republicans voted for a Republican other than Mr. McCarthy. During the second vote, those same 19 opposed him but rallied around Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, a founding member of the ultraconservative House Freedom Caucus. Mr. Jordan pleaded with his colleagues to give their support to Mr. McCarthy, but all 19, plus an additional Republican, voted for Mr. Jordan on the third ballot.

In the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds of voting, held on Wednesday, the same 20 Republicans voted for Representative Byron Donalds of Florida, and one voted “present.” In the seventh through 11th rounds, held on Thursday, 20 Republicans continued to withhold support from Mr. McMarthy, and one voted “present.” Mr. McCarthy lost an additional Republican vote in the ninth through 11th rounds when Representative Ken Buck of Colorado did not vote.

How Every Representative Voted

Members voting differently from the majority of their party are highlighted.

A list of each representatives’ votes during the rounds of House speaker votes.

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