WASHINGTON, DC (WECT) - The members of Congress representing southeastern North Carolina split their votes for the nomination of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) to become the next Speaker of the House. Ryan received 200 of the 243 votes in a secret party ballot on Wednesday to secure the nomination.
Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-NC3) did not vote for Ryan, choosing instead to support Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida. Webster received 43 votes in the ballot.
Jones' office released this statement after the vote:
Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC7) supported Ryan in Wednesday's vote, and a spokesman said Wednesday night Rouzer plans to vote for Ryan again Thursday when the full House votes for Speaker.
Rouzer's office released this statement after Wednesday's vote:
Ryan needs 218 votes to be elected Speaker. He would replace Rep. John Boehner, who announced his retirement earlier this year.