Lawmakers who oppose Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) speakership bid are reportedly using a strategy they hope would ultimately pressure him to end his campaign.
One unnamed Republican lawmaker who voted for Jordan on the first two ballots told CNN that a group of anti-Jordan reps plan to stagger their “no” votes across multiple ballots in an attempt to show that opposition to his bid for speaker is growing.
The lawmaker said they “basically drew straws” to decide who would back Jordan initially before switching their votes on subsequent ballots.
Jordan suffered an embarrassing defeat during the first round of voting Tuesday afternoon, with 20 Republicans casting their ballots against him. On the second ballot Wednesday, that number climbed to 22.
A third vote is scheduled for Thursday and some Republican lawmakers are already predicting that the number of anti-Jordan votes will increase.