Even though Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) was re-elected to a third term as Speaker of the House of Representatives Tuesday, over two dozen of his Republican colleagues defected and chose other candidates instead.
Boehner received 216 votes of 408 cast, while Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) received 12 votes, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) received three votes, Reps. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) received two votes apiece, and Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), along with Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), and Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), received one vote. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell also received one vote.
GOP Speaker vote: Boehner – 216 Webster – 12 Gohmert – 3 Yoho – 2 Jordan – 2 Rand Paul – 1 Gowdy – 1 McCarthy – 1 Duncan – 1 Sessions – 1
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) January 6, 2015
In all, 25 GOP votes were cast against Speaker Boehner, who was sworn in Tuesday. In 2013, only 12 such votes were cast, according to The Hill, which on Monday predicted as many as 17 could defect from Boehner.
25 non-Boehner votes from Rs
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) January 6, 2015
And Salmon begrudgingly votes for Boehner on the final call. He makes it 25 Republicans who didn’t vote for Boehner in the end.
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 6, 2015
The Washington Post noted this was the “biggest revolt” at a speaker vote in at least a century:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) received 164 votes, with nearly every Democratic vote going her way. A dozen Democrats in New York’s delegation were not present as they were attending the late former Governor Mario Cuomo’s funeral at St. Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic Church in Manhattan, noted Politico.
Some on Twitter were being comical, tying in the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement for the Class of 2015, which took place at the same time.
Despite House Speaker win, appears @SpeakerBoehner received no votes for the baseball hall of fame this afternoon. Has to be disappointing.
— Leo Shane III (@LeoShane) January 6, 2015
If only one House Republican had voted for Mike Piazza…
— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) January 6, 2015
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