Jim Jordan's ambition to become Speaker of the United States House of Representatives is gaining traction as he defeats opponents among his fellow Republican members
The Ohio congressman said on Monday that he was feeling "really good" about securing the 217 votes he needs to secure the seat before a vote on Tuesday
Mr Jordan, a founding member of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, appears to be getting closer
to the presidency after receiving several important endorsements from longtime opponents.
By Monday, the number of fellow Republicans who refused to endorse his candidacy had dropped to around ten, down from more than 50 on Friday.
While the overall number of outstanding no votes is unknown, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee can only afford to lose four Republicans.
The House has been without a Speaker for nearly two weeks.
. The void at the top of the US government has rendered the lower chamber of Congress incapable of performing its most basic tasks.