U.S. House Majority Leader goes to a second ballot -- UPDATE: Boehner Wins!!!
Hotline on Call is reporting:
Rep. Roy Blunt (MO) led in the first round of votes for majority leader, but failed to win the magic 117, forcing a second vote. Rep. John Boehner (OH) was second with 79 votes; Rep. John Shadegg (AZ) was third with 40 votes. Rep. Jim Ryun (KS) received two write-ins. As of 1:30 p.m., GOPers are counting the ballots in a second vote.I'd say that Blunt is probably toast. Generally, if you don't make it on the first ballot as the front-runner, you've hit your ceiling of support. The only question now is whether this is also a no confidence vote in Blunt as Majority Whip. Will Blunt step aside as Whip if not elected Leader? If not, that dead ends Cantor's run for Whip. UPDATE: Boehner - 122 votes; Blunt - 109 votes