The House will meet at noon to vote on electing the next House speaker, but it remains unclear if Jordan has the 217 votes he needs to win.
After a weekend of working the phones and a big dose of pressure from the right, Jordan has narrowed the opposition within the GOP caucus from 55 Republicans to 10 or fewer, according to estimates by various lawmakers and NBC News. Of the potential holdouts, at least five members have said they’ll vote for either McCarthy or Scalise, while another three have raised doubts about whether they’ll back Jordan, and still others won’t say how they will vote.
Jordan is continuing to press his case, meeting with at least one holdout, Rep. Ken Buck, of Colorado, last night after a meeting of the Republican Conference.
Democrats, meanwhile, are planning to back Hakeem Jeffries, of New York.
There could be multiple ballots. Some GOP members, such as Don Bacon, of Nebraska, have pledged to vote against Jordan at least on the first ballot but also said they’ll take things one step at a time. Jordan and his allies have signaled he’s willing to go through multiple rounds of floor votes to win the job.