Republicans fail again the eighth attempt to preside over the US House of Representatives

The eighth attempt to preside over the US Lower House was not fruitful for Republican Kevin McCarthy either, who did not have the necessary support, since 21 congressmen from his party voted this Thursday for other candidates.

The most right-wing Republicans, belonging to the Freedom Caucus, resisted offering their support in the eighth ballot and opened the door for a ninth.

Since the regulation does not contemplate another alternative to continuing to repeat voting until someone achieves the necessary majority, it is expected that the congressmen will continue voting, although the session could be adjourned until a prior agreement is reached.

This time, a total of 17 of McCarthy’s detractors voted for the other proposed Republican candidate, Byron Donalds, one abstained and three opted to vote for other candidates, including former President Donald Trump (2017-2021).

The Democratic candidate, Hakeem Jeffries, of New York, again obtained the 212 votes of all the congressmen of his party.

The eighth vote was the second to take place this Thursday, after the three held on Wednesday and another three on Tuesday, the day on which the 118th legislature of Congress was scheduled to start.

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