Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) has fallen short of the number of votes required to secure the speakership in the first round of voting.
The House of Representatives is voting on Jim Jordan’s nomination for speaker two weeks after the chamber ousted Kevin McCarthy from the top spot.
Jordan has been scrambling to shore up the votes needed to clinch the speakership in the closely divided chamber.
He can only lose a few GOP votes to win the nod.
Republicans rejected Jordan for House speaker on Tuesday on the first ballot.
Holdouts denied Jordan, who was endorsed by President Donald Trump, the majority needed to seize the gavel.
More voting is expected as Jordan works to shore up support to replace the ousted Kevin McCarthy for the job and the leader of the GOP’s hard-right flank moves to take a central seat of U.S. power.
Jordan lost 20 Republican votes, well more than the three he could spare to win the speaker’s gavel.
Instead, they backed Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), former Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), and others.
All the Democrats have voted for House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY).
More rounds of voting are expected as Jordan works to shore up support to replace McCarthy for the job.
It’s unclear when the next vote will take place.