John Boehner was reelected Thursday as speaker of the House in the first vote of the newly convened 113th Congress.
The Ohio congressman got to keep his seat by a margin of just three votes to spare, according to NBC News. He earned 220 votes, just three more than the minimum. Former speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, picked up 192 votes.
Boehner's reelection was in doubt right up to the moment when ballots were cast, as reported by the Snow Report and other blogs. Many of his colleagues on the right of the aisle were disenchanted with his leadership in the fiscal cliff talks, his failure to push his 'Plan B' solution through the House, and opposition to the compromise reached in the Senate by Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The question now is what will happen to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., who has been playing Brutus to Boehner's Caesar for some time now.
Most Popular Stories
- Obama Administration Releases Proposal to Regulate For-Profit Colleges
- Some California Cities Seeking Water Independence
- FDIC Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Banks Allegedly Hurt by Libor Scandal
- Apple, HP, Intel May Take a Hit from Slowdown in Smartphone Sales Growth
- SoCalGas Reaches Record Spend on Diversity Suppliers
- Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx Marries Model Courtney Bingham
- Chinese e-Commerce Giant Alibaba Gears for IPO in U.S.
- Will Missing Malaysian Jet Prompt Aviation System Change?
- Obama Seeks to Stay Neutral in CIA-Senate Conflict
- GM Recall Poses First Major Test for New CEO