The narrow House majority by Republicans has left House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) scrambling to find the 218 votes required for him to win the vote and become the House speaker.
McCarthy won the Republican party’s nomination for Speaker this month, but in order for him to officially win the position he will need to win the vote on the House floor on Jan. 3. If on the day he manages to win the votes of 218 House Republicans then he would be able to easily win the position.
It is possible for the Speaker to be elected with less than 218 votes, in the case of absences, vacancies, and “present” votes. However, for McCarthy with only 222 seats belonging to the Republican party winning the Speaker position could be tough. Democrats currently hold 213 seats in the House and they are widely expected to vote for a Democratic nominee instead.
McCarthy has remained confident that he will manage to win the Speakership despite the fact that five House Republicans have already said they would not be voting for him in the Speaker election. Other House Republicans have also withheld their support but have not yet said whether or not they would vote against McCarthy.
Currently, the following representatives have expressed a lack of outright support for McCarthy: Rep. Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Rep. Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Rep. Bob Good (Va.), Rep. Ralph Norman (S.C.), Rep. Matt Rosendale (Mont.), Rep. Scott Perry (Pa.), Rep. Chip Roy (Texas), Rep. Dan Bishop (N.C.), Rep. Andrew Clyde (Ga.), Rep. Barry Moore (Ala.).