21 GOP holdouts who switched their votes to help McCarthy capture House speakership

There were 15 conservative Republicans who flipped to McCarthy and six who voted present in the 15th round

Published: January 7, 2023 1:19am

Updated: January 7, 2023 2:08am

There were 21 conservative GOP holdouts who switched their vote to deliver the speakership for House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy early Saturday.

Of the group, 15 flipped to McCarthy and six voted present.

In the 12th round on Friday, Republican Reps. Chip Roy of Texas, Ralph Norman of South Carolina, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, chair of the House Freedom Caucus, Byron Donalds of Florida, Josh Brecheen of Oklahoma, Dan Bishop of North Carolina, Michael Cloud of Texas, Andrew Clyde of Georgia, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Mary Miller of Illinois, Andy Ogles of Tennessee, Keith Self of Texas, Victoria Spartz of Indiana and Anna Paulina Luna of Florida switched to McCarthy.

In the 13th round, Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland switched to McCarthy.

In the 14th round, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz and Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert switched from voting against McCarthy to voting present but he still came up short.

In the final round, GOP Reps. Bob Good of Virginia, Eli Crane of Arizona, Matt Rosendale of Montana, and Andy Biggs of Arizona joined Boebert and Gaetz and voted present, which gave McCarthy the majority vote he needed for victory. He ultimately won the speakership with 216 votes.

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