A third round of voting for House Speaker is scheduled for Friday morning, with U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) hoping to pick up more votes after falling even further behind on the second ballot with 22 Republicans voting against him.

No vote was held Thursday as House Republicans discussed next steps. Some had suggested empowering acting Speaker Patrick McHenry to serve through January, a plan even Jordan reportedly signed onto until it was taken off the table by the Republican leadership.

According to CNN, Jordan met with the holdouts to try and win them over, but it remains to be seen how many votes he may pick up on the third ballot.

U.S. Rep. Dale Strong (R-Huntsville) voiced his continued support for Jordan on Thursday, calling for unity while blaming other Republicans for “putting personal grudges before the American people.”

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“I’ve supported Jim Jordan for two votes and I’m prepared to do it again. It’s past time to unify. Members of Congress are putting personal grudges before the American people who elected us to fight President Biden’s horrible policies on the economy and at our southern border.”

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