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Jordan is no longer nominee for House speaker after a secret vote

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, arrives at his office on Capitol Hill on Thursday. He says he will continue to pursue his bid for speaker of the House.
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Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, arrives at his office on Capitol Hill on Thursday. He says he will continue to pursue his bid for speaker of the House.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, called for a third vote Friday on his nomination to be speaker of the House, telling reporters the House needs to "elect a speaker as soon as possible" so "we can go to work for the American people."

Jordan needs to win over virtually every House Republican to succeed, and as of Thursday night he seemed far from that goal. The Friday vote will test whether he has made any progress in wooing new supporters, or if the bitter divisions within the party are unchanged.

Jordan met Thursday with the Republicans who voted against him on the two previous ballots. Jordan lost 20 Republicans on the first vote, and the number grew to 22 for the second vote. Rep. Carlos Giménez, R-Fla., was one of several members who left the meeting under the impression that nobody had changed their minds.

"It was productive, but it did not change my mind," Giménez told reporters. "I'm not voting for Jordan."

Many members have complained that Jordan and his supporters have bullied and threatened members, their staffs and families. Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., told reporters on Thursday that he and his wife have continued to receive threats and fear for their safety.

"I didn't sleep well last night," he said. "I called her and I go, 'How you doing?' She said, 'I slept really good. I had a loaded gun.' ... It was ugly phone calls."

Rep. Jen Kiggans, R-Va., was one of at least two members who reported receiving credible death threats.

The process has left members angry and frustrated. Many have told reporters they fear that nobody can win sufficient support from Republicans to be elected speaker.

The impasse has persisted even under the increasing threat of a government shutdown if Congress does not pass a spending bill by Nov. 17. President Biden is also sending a new request for money to address the wars in Ukraine and Israel on Friday.

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Kelsey Snell is a Congressional correspondent for NPR. She has covered Congress since 2010 for outlets including The Washington Post, Politico and National Journal. She has covered elections and Congress with a reporting specialty in budget, tax and economic policy. She has a graduate degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. and an undergraduate degree in political science from DePaul University in Chicago.
Lexie Schapitl is a production assistant with NPR's Washington Desk, where she produces radio pieces and digital content. She also reports from the field and assists with production of the NPR Politics Podcast.