House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) did not face a challenger in today's leadership election, so it didn't come as a surprise that he was re-elected to a second term.
But there was a little drama anyway. Boehner needed 214 votes, and with 233 House Republicans in the new Congress, that should have been pretty easy. He made it past the threshold, but not by much.
House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) has won re-election to a second term Thursday overseeing a chamber that has proved most difficult to manage, just days after several insurrections from rank-and-file Republicans left him in a less powerful posture heading into critical negotiations this year. He received 220 votes.
Boehner (R-Ohio) survived the defections of several Republicans from the most conservative wing of the caucus, defeating House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Pelosi received 192 votes.
Among the Republicans who supported someone other than Boehner, votes were spread out. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) received three votes; former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) received a couple of votes; Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) voted for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio); Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) voted for former Comptroller General David Walker; Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) voted for Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho); and Rep. Tom Massie (R-Ky.) voted for Amash.
Given that the Speaker has already taken some steps to consolidate power and enforce more party discipline, the folks who crossed him in this afternoon's vote probably shouldn't seek any favors from the leadership anytime soon.