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Kevin McCarthy Falls Short of House Speaker Win in Three Rounds of Voting

by Natalie Andrews and Eliza Collins

WASHINGTON—Republican Kevin McCarthy fell short of winning the House speaker’s gavel in three rounds of voting Tuesday, leaving the chamber without a leader as a determined bloc of conservative holdouts refused to relent over longstanding complaints about the direction of the party.

The failure to pick a speaker underlined the fractious nature of the GOP conference on its first day in control of the chamber after four years of a Democratic majority. After the third vote was officially tallied with no winner, the House then adjourned until the next day, with the leadership question still up in the air and neither side offering a way out of the deadlock. The speaker vote hadn’t gone past a first ballot since 1923, when lawmakers needed nine ballots to pick a leader…

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