Late Tuesday evening, House Republicans voted to elect Representative Mike Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana, as their latest candidate for the position of speaker, although it remains unclear whether any candidate will be able to garner enough votes to be elected in the House of Representatives.

"Democracy is sometimes messy, but this is our system," Johnson told reporters at a press conference after the vote. "We are going to restore your confidence in what we do here; you will see a new form of governance, and we're going to do it quickly. This group here is ready to lead."

Johnson stated that the full House would vote on his candidacy at noon on Wednesday.

Members celebrated Johnson's election by inviting reporters into the room where Republican members had been gathering and voting all day. Applause rang out, members chanted "Mike," and reporters questioned the viability of Johnson in the House of Representatives.

Johnson secured 128 votes to become the Republican Party's candidate for speaker, but Republicans conducted an additional vote to check for dissenters. However, about 20 members were absent from the meeting, and Johnson had to secure his support for the remaining 13 hours until the vote.

Johnson and his allies told reporters that they were confident he could overcome the deficit.

The late-night vote came after another long and chaotic day on Capitol Hill, as Republicans repeated the candidate nomination process for the fifth time this year. It took 15 rounds of voting for the House of Representatives to elect its first candidate, Kevin McCarthy of California.

Representative Tom Emmer of Minnesota declined to participate in the race for speaker of the House of Representatives. POLITICS Representative Tom Emmer of Minnesota declined to participate in the race for speaker of the House of Representatives. Over the past three weeks, many House Republicans have been disappointed, angered, and unable to reach a resolution. Members have not coalesced—some began returning to voting for McCarthy, whose dismissal three weeks ago precipitated this crisis.

Others on the far right continued to vote for Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio. Jordan dropped out of the race last week when Republicans voted for his removal after losing in three rounds of voting in the House of Representatives.

The final round of closed voting began on Tuesday after 8:00 PM, and many members were absent. Of the 204 voting members, 31 cast votes for someone who was not even a declared candidate, sending a clear signal that many members were dissatisfied with their options.

"Whenever you see 31 people voting for others," quipped Representative Randy Weber, a Republican from Texas, sharing the vote results with reporters in a hallway before the vote. "In the police, they call it a clue."

This number increased with subsequent rounds of voting. In the final vote, McCarthy came in second, and Representative Byron Donalds, a Republican from Florida, effectively the second candidate, came in third.