Seven out of the nine Republicans currently running for Speaker of the House of Representatives previously voted to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Kevin McCarthy's historic ousting has created a power vacuum within Congress. The two previous leading candidates for his replacement, Jim Jordan and Steve Scalise, have both dropped out, ushering in nine new Republicans who hope to grasp the seat, despite none of their successors being able to rally enough votes.
McCarthy, Jordan, and Scalise all voted against certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which President Joe Biden emerged victorious over former president Donald Trump. The three men voted based on the unsupported claims that mass voter fraud prevented Trump from winning in swing states — as did seven of the nine men seeking the position.
Another failed speaker vote
Speaker candidates Jack Bergman (Mich.), Byron Donalds (Fla.), Kevin Hern (Okla.), Mike Johnson (La.), Gary Palmer (Ala.), and Pete Sessions (Tex.) all objected to certifying the 2020 election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania. Dan Meuser (Penn.) voted only to overturn his home state's results.
Tom Emmer (Minn.) and Austin Scott (Ga.) are the only two who didn't object.
Emmer, who is the GOP majority whip and a two-time chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, is posited as the next nominee, as he has the support of former speaker McCarthy. It remains unclear if he can gather the 217 votes needed to win, as he will likely face detraction from conservative Republicans who support Trump.
House Republicans are slated to hear from all candidates at a forum Monday night, and will hold a meeting Tuesday to decide which to support. The House is approaching three weeks without a Speaker, which has prevented Congress from passing Biden's proposed aid package for Israel and Ukraine.
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