Twelve Republicans voted against John Boehnerâ€™s second term as speaker Thursday, making for a very tense final few minutes of the vote.
At one point, in fact, the number either voting for someone else or not voting reached into the high teens, raising the possibility that Boehner wouldnâ€™t secure a majority on the first ballot. Eventually, a few of those who hadnâ€™t voted â€” including Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) â€” cast their ballots for Boehner.
Boehner won with 220 votes â€” six more than the 214 votes he needed. (A speaker needs only a majority of the actual votes cast, not of all members of the House. And hereâ€™s the roll call.)
Below is a look at the defectors, whom they voted for, and our best guess as to why it wasnâ€™t Boehner:
Rep. Eric Cantor (3 votes)
Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) â€” conservative freshman who defeated Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.) in a primary
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) â€” very conservative
Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) â€” conservative freshman who defeated Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) in a primary
Former congressman Allen West (2)
Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) â€” noted conservative maverick, Club for Growth favorite
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) â€” outspoken conservative
Rep. Raul Labrador (1)
Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) â€” libertarian ally of former congressman Ron Paul (R-Tex.), recently stripped of committee assignments by House GOP leadership
Rep. Jim Jordan (1)
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) â€” very conservative, recently stripped of committee assignments
Former comptroller general David Walker (1)
Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) â€” frequently votes against his party, recently stripped of committee assignments
Rep. Tom Massie (R-Ky.) â€” freshman conservative, favorite of the Club for Growth
Voting present (1)
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.) â€” has criticized Boehner for â€œbeing too harsh with conservativesâ€œ
Not voting (3)
Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) â€” conservative, frequent critic of Boehner
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) â€” critic of Boehnerâ€™s â€œPlan Bâ€ maneuver on the â€œfiscal cliffâ€
Boehner â€” speaker traditionally does not vote for himself or herself
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