The House of Representatives is expected to hold a third-round vote today on a resolution to elect a new Speaker of the House. The vote comes after more than a week of attempts to break the current stalemate that has left the chamber without a leader.
The vote will likely be close, with no clear majority of support for either candidate. Democrats remain firmly divided between Progressive-identified Representatives and more moderate Democrats, while Republicans are struggling to unite behind a single candidate.
This vote is the closest any candidate has come in the weeks-long Speaker race, but it may still be far from enough to break the deadlock.
In order for any of the candidates to be elected Speaker, they would need to receive a majority of the votes (217,) but the current vote count stands at 202-176, with 17 undecided.
While the vote is expected to take place on either Monday or Tuesday, the path to a majority remains rocky. Members of both parties have expressed reservations about the current candidates, with some indicating that they would still prefer to search for a better option. Additionally, the ongoing pandemic and its associated economic fallout have added a layer of uncertainty to the vote.
If neither candidate can secure a majority today, the Speaker race will continue and the House of Representatives will remain without a leader until an agreement can be reached.