GOP Representative Bob Good says McCarthy’s opponents will “never give in” and he will vote for Jordan at the next vote.
Republican Representative Jim Jordan has urged his party to “raise around” Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who failed to receive a majority vote for Speaker of the House on the first ballot.
Six GOP lawmakers voted for Jordan to be the speaker of the House, leaving McCarthy by a few votes.
Now, there is a second round of voting – and Jordan is the candidate after being nominated by Representative Matt Gaetz.
Sources told CNN a total of 19 Republicans who voted against McCarthy in the first vote are considering all voting for Jordan in the second vote.
“I think Kevin McCarthy is the right man to lead us,” said Jordan, nominating McCarthy.
“I like his fight, I like his perseverance,” he added, “We need to rally around him.”
The Ohio lawmaker said the differences among Republicans were “negligible” compared with the differences the party had “between us and the left.”
“So we better get together” and fight, he said, naming several items on the GOP’s agenda including legislative and oversight priorities.
Members can vote for anyone and they can object by voting or by voting “present”. If enough people vote or vote “present”, the number of votes needed for a majority can fall below 218.
CNN’s Annie Grayer, Melanie Zanona, and Manu Raju contributed reporting to this post.