McCarthy momentum builds after 15 holdouts flip

Still, some Republicans voted for other candidates, including Reps. Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert and Andy Biggs.
Friday - 06/01/2023 22:09 Author: Editors Desk Source: Axios
Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy is on the brink of clinching the speakership after a group of15 previous Republican holdouts flipped their votes to support the California lawmaker on Friday, marking the first major breakthrough in negotiations this week.

Driving the news: In a historic 13th straight round of voting, Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) switched his vote to McCarthy, bringing his total to 214 — still a handful shy of the necessary simple majority.

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