McCarthy fails in 4th attempt to become speaker

The House of Representatives, which has a slight Republican majority, failed to elect a speaker, with Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., losing a fourth vote to lead the chamber.

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CHERYL JOHNSON: The tellers agree in their tallies that the total number of votes cast is 433 of which the honorable Hakeem Jeffries of the State of New York has received 212--

[CHEERING]

--the honorable Kevin McCarthy of the State of California has received 201--

[CHEERING]

--the honorable Byron Donalds of the State of Florida has received 20--

- Yeah!

[APPLAUSE]

- Woo!

[APPLAUSE]

CHERYL JOHNSON: --with one member elect recorded as present. No member elect having received a majority of the whole number of votes cast, a speaker has not been elected.