Kevin McCarthy has now fallen short in six straight votes over two days to become US House speaker. Photo: AP
Kevin McCarthy has now fallen short in six straight votes over two days to become US House speaker. Photo: AP

Kevin McCarthy fails for second day to win US House speaker vote despite Donald Trump plea

  • The Republican leader continues to be short of the votes he needs, leaving Congress gridlocked in a fourth, fifth and sixth round of ballots
  • Trump urged his party’s lawmakers to vote for McCarthy, telling them not to ‘turn a great triumph into a giant and embarrassing defeat’

Kevin McCarthy has now fallen short in six straight votes over two days to become US House speaker. Photo: AP
Kevin McCarthy has now fallen short in six straight votes over two days to become US House speaker. Photo: AP
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