McCarthy swaying more than a dozen holdouts who had been preventing him from speakership. House surpasses number of votes endured — nine — the last time such a stalemate occurred, in 1923. Republicans’ infighting over the speakership caused a logjam unprecedented in modern history. Rep.-elect Ralph Norman (R-S.C), who for months had telegraphed that he was dead-set against McCarthy, switched his vote to support him. House Democrats unanimously backed Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), who received 211 and 212 votes in Friday’s voting rounds.
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