In 1923, the Speaker of the House election took 9 rounds and in 1856, Congress ... trends now

In 1923, the Speaker of the House election took 9 rounds and in 1856, Congress ... trends now
In 1923, the Speaker of the House election took 9 rounds and in 1856, Congress ... trends now

In 1923, the Speaker of the House election took 9 rounds and in 1856, Congress ... trends now

What happened when the Speaker of the House was NOT chosen in the first round of elections: In 1923, it took 9 ballots and in 1856 - and Congress was brought to a standstill for two months Rep. Kevin McCarthy suffers defeat in first speaker ballot After Biden and Harris, the Speaker is next in line to become president  Currently, McCarthy doesn't have enough votes and the House can't organize until a leader has been selected The last speaker election to go beyond the first ballot was a century ago, when members took nine tries to vote for Frederick Gillett (R-Mass.) to the position

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It didn't go according to plan, at least for GOP leader Kevin McCarthy who became the first majority nominee for speaker in 100 years to fail to win an initial vote for the gavel after losing 19 GOP hardliners.

McCarthy walked into the chambers just after 12 noon, posed for photos and received a standing ovation after being nominated by the third-ranking Republican, Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York who said he 'has what it takes' to lead House Republicans.

But a challenge was quickly raised by Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., a conservative former leader of the Freedom Caucus, who was nominated by a fellow conservative as speaker. At least count, at least 19 fellow Republicans had abandoned McCarthy.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D-CA) walks to the House Chambers of the U.S. Capitol Building on December 23, 2022 in Washington, DC.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D-CA) walks to the House Chambers of the U.S. Capitol Building on December 23, 2022 in Washington, DC.

McCarthy continues to face diehard opposition from a small number of conservative lawmakers who calls

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