For the first time in close to a century, the US House of Representatives were unable to elect a speaker in the first rounds of voting.
The speaker must receiv a majority of the votes, On Tuesday, McCarthy needed 218 votes, but he only received 203 as 19 Republicans voted against him in the first two ballots casted. In the third round, he lost one more vote, bringing his total votes down to 202.
In the first round vote, most Republican dissenters voted Arizona Representative Andy Biggs or Ohio Representative Jim Jordan.
The House is one of two major chambers that makes up the US Congress.