WASHINGTON (NEWSnet/AP) – Republicans dropped Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio as their nominee for House speaker Friday, making the decision during a closed-door session.

The third round of voting with Jordan's name officially in contention took place mid-day Friday, and he did not pick up enough votes. A clear majority of those voting is needed to win.

Majority Leader Rep. Steve Scalise said they’re going “come back and start over” on Monday.

It took the 15th ballot for Kevin McCarthy to win the role in January, and then McCarthy was forced out of office mid-term by members of his own party.

In the aftermath, Scalise was considered, but backed out of contention. Jordan then became the emerging candidate.

Democrats have nominated and voted for their leader, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, at every opportunity this session. That means the Republicans, which narrowly hold the majority in the House, have to be nearly unanimous in their choice. The numbers per voting round has varied throughout the past few days because of absences among members.

Rep. Patrick McHenry, president pro tempore, is leading the House, but has limited authority.

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