Three Florida Representatives helped deny U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan a victory on the first ballot for House Speaker.
As expected, U.S. Reps. Mario Díaz-Balart, Carlos Giménez and John Rutherford declined to support the Ohio Republican. Díaz-Balart, a Hialeah Republican, and Rutherford, a Jacksonville Republican, both cast votes for Majority Leader Steve Scalise. The protest votes came less than a week after House Republicans in a conference vote chose Scalise over Jordan in a 113-99 vote.
Jordan supporters suggested that was too weak a majority to take to the House floor. That prompted Scalise to drop out. But Jordan on the first
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