Kevin McCarthy, the leader of the Republican Party in the US House of Representatives, also lost the 12th vote for Speaker of the House of Representatives.
McCarthy made history after losing the 11th vote.
Although it was seen that some Republicans sided with McCarthy before the 12th round, this was not enough for him to be elected.
Such a situation was last seen in the USA before the Civil War.
The right wing of the Republican Party, which won the majority in the House of Representatives by four deputies in the midterm elections held in November, did not back down from their objections to McCarthy’s presidency.
The last time in the United States was 44 rounds of voting to elect the Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1860, at the height of the abolitionist debate.
Ralph Norman from South Carolina, one of the politicians who objected to McCarthy, told the BBC that he did not trust McCarthy, and explained that they were threatened by the presidential candidate’s team:
“They said they wouldn’t put us on the committees, that we would lose any privileges. So we told them we wouldn’t elect a president we couldn’t control.”
Most of the Republicans who oppose McCarthy are supporters of former US President Donald Trump.
But Trump’s “vote for McCarthy” message wasn’t enough to change their minds either.
Some even voted to nominate Donald Trump, saying he should be elected Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives does not need to be elected from the House.
BBC Correspondent Kayla Epstein states that Trump’s failure to influence the votes of his supporters may lead to discussion of how much power he has over the party.
On the other hand, the Democratic Party continued to vote for their own candidate, Hakeem Jeffries, in every vote.
McCarthy, who has been the leader of the Republican Party group in the House of Representatives since 2019, made various concessions to his opponents during the presidential candidacy process.
These included giving seats on some committees and making an arrangement so that they could more easily remove the Speaker of the House of Representatives. But these concessions were not enough.
Republicans have 222 seats and Democrats 212 seats in the 435-seat House of Representatives.
If not McCarthy, who is?
McCarthy hasn’t been able to get the votes he has targeted for days. So who else can be nominated for this post?
Steve Scalise one of these names.
The 57-year-old Louisiana representative has been McCarthy’s assistant since 2019.
Scalise, who is in his eighth term in the House of Representatives, was shot dead by a radical leftist in 2017 while preparing for Congress’s annual baseball game.
No one in his party objected to McCarthy’s election.
Calling MPs from his party to vote for McCarthy on Tuesday, Scalise said they “must be united to achieve great things”.
On the other hand, one of the Republican representatives, who refused to vote for McCarthy, announced that he would not vote for Scalise either.
Elise Stefanik is the second name that comes to mind.
Elise Stefanik, who was elected to the House of Representatives in 2014, became the youngest woman to enter parliament at the age of 30.
Stefanik, formerly vice president of Harvard University’s prestigious Policy Institute, was a moderate politician when elected from New York.
But Stefanik, who is 38 years old today, has shifted to the right over the years and finally supported Donald Trump.
Stefanik also voted for McCarthy.
Other Republicans named Andy Biggsreceived 10 votes after being nominated by another member. Another possible Republican Jim Jordan He says he doesn’t want this job.
The Democratic nominee, who received the most votes in 11 votes in the House of Representatives, with 212 votes Hakeem Jeffries it happened.