Briefly suspicious round of balloting just a mistake

first_imgWASHINGTON – There were no hanging chads, but there was a bit of confusion in the balloting that led to John Boehner of Ohio being elected the new House majority leader. There were supposed to be 230 eligible GOP voters in the room Thursday – all of the voting House Republicans except Rep. Gary Miller of California, who did not attend. But when the first round of voting ended, the counters found they had 231 votes: 110 for acting Majority Leader Roy Blunt of Missouri, 79 for Boehner, 40 for John Shadegg of Arizona and two for Jim Ryun of Kansas. After an investigation, a Republican caucus spokesman explained, they remembered that Puerto Rico’s nonvoting representative in Congress, Luis Fortuno, could vote in the majority leader race. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Like Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia’s nonvoting Democratic representative in Congress, Fortuno cannot vote on legislation and other matters on the House floor but is free to vote in his party’s caucus. That inflates the GOP’s numbers by one. The rest of the voting went smoothly. Shadegg and Ryun dropped out, and Boehner beat Blunt in a second vote, 122-109. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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