BREAKING: Donalds, Paulina Luna Flip, Vote for McCarthy

The flip in votes are huge for McCarthy.

Jackson Bakich
Jackson Bakich
January 6, 2023

While there were rumblings of some deliberation and dealmaking behind closed doors concerning getting Rep.-elect Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) the votes he needs to become Speaker of the House. So far, three Floridians, Rep.-elect Byron Donalds (R-FL), Rep.-elect Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and Rep.-elect Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) have already made interesting changes with their votes compared to yesterday’s proceedings.

After receiving a surprising nomination for the Speakership from Rep.-elect Chip Roy (R-TX), Rep.-elect Donalds became just the second African American to be nominated for the position, and the first ever nominated by Republicans. However, just two days later, Donalds has switched his vote to McCarthy which inches him closer to the coveted seat.

Rep.-elect Gaetz has once again nominated Rep.-elect Jim Jordan (R-OH) after nominating former President Donald Trump (R) yesterday. These nominations were more of a ceremonious act, as Gaetz knows that they don’t have nearly enough votes to get to the needed number of votes: 218.

Moreover, Rep.-elect Paulina Luna shocked the House floor as she switched her vote to McCarthy after 11 rounds of voting for the Freedom Caucus candidate.

McCarthy is making inroads with the more conservative parts of the party. He will need either more votes from the Freedom Caucus or a reconfiguration of members attending in order to obtain the majority of votes.

There were 7 total Republican votes for various candidates other than McCarthy. Yesterday there were 20.

This is a developing story.

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Jackson Bakich

Jackson Bakich

Born in Orlando but raised in Lake County, Florida, Jackson Bakich is currently a senior at Florida State University. Growing up in the sunshine state, Bakich co-hosted the political talk radio show "Lake County Roundtable" (WLBE) and was a frequent guest for "Lake County Sports Show" (WQBQ). Currently, he is the Sports Editor of the FSView and the co-host of "Tomahawk Talk" (WVFS), a sports talk radio program covering Florida State athletics in Tallahassee.

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