Boehner holds on to Speaker post

John Boehner squeaked by in a vote for Speakership this afternoon, getting 220 votes of 426 cast, just  a handful of votes over the number needed to hang on to his seat.There were, however, a total of 14 defections from both Boehner, and Nancy Pelosi, who got 192 votes.House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Va., got three votes. Reps. Louie Gohmert, Texas, and Paul Broun, Ga., both cast votes for ousted Rep. Allen West, Fla.Tim Huelskamp, Kan., one of the four conservatives who Boehner ousted from his committee spot, cast a vote for Jim Jordan, Ohio. Dave Schweikert, Ariz., another one of those conservatives, did support Boehner.Both Michael Grimm and Peter King of New York, who had been at odds with Boehner over Hurricane Sandy relief funding, both voted for the Speaker to keep his seat.Continue Reading…

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Boehner holds on to Speaker post

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