Jordan speaker run could be cut short following ‘disgraceful’ performance

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Republican representatives stand conflicted about turning to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) ahead of the next vote to nominate a speaker of the House following Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) withdrawing his name late Thursday night.

The House majority leader dropped his speakership bid after struggling to gain support from his colleagues one day after winning the Republican nomination through a secret ballot against Jordan 113-99. Winning a vote on the floor appeared to be a long shot for either man as both had huge margins to make up in order to receive the 217 votes required to become speaker, but Jordan might have made his chances untenable.

“Yesterday in conference, he gave the most disgraceful, ungracious — I can’t call it a concession speech — of all time,” Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) told Politico. “There were gasps in the room.”

Wagner, who supported Scalise, said she would “absolutely not” flip her support to Jordan.

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