WATCH: House votes to oust McCarthy as speaker after GOP critics rebel

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Kevin McCarthy was voted out of the job Tuesday in an extraordinary showdown, a first in U.S. history, The 216-210 vote, forced by a contingent of hard-right conservatives, throws the House and its Republican leadership into chaos.

Watch the vote in the player above.

McCarthy’s chief rival, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, brought forward the “motion to vacate” drawing together more than a handful of conservative Republican critics of the speaker and many Democrats who say he is unworthy of leadership.

Next steps are uncertain, but there is no obvious successor to lead the House Republican majority.

McCarthy’s grip on the gavel was at serious risk Tuesday after the House voted to move ahead with a historic effort by hard-right critics to oust the embattled Republican leader from the job.

The dramatic showdown forced by Gaetz, McCarthy’s chief rival, brought together more than a handful of conservative Republican critics of the speaker and many Democrats who say he is unworthy of leadership.

Voting took place after a dramatic roll call. It took a simple majority to remove McCarthy from the speaker’s office. Ahead of the vote, he had support from most Republicans, but a small number of conservatives were able to overpower McCarthy’s slim majority after Democrats chose not to help the speaker.

It was stunning moment for the battle-tested McCarthy, a potential punishment fueled by growing grievances but sparked by his weekend decision to work with Democrats to keep the federal government open rather than risk a shutdown.

An earlier vote was 218-208 against tabling the motion, with 11 Republicans allowing it to advance.

The House then opened an extraordinary floor debate, unseen in modern times, ahead of the next round of voting on what could be an motion to “vacate the chair” — something that has not happened in Congress in a century.

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