Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerPelosi and Trump go a full year without speaking Jordan vows to back McCarthy as leader even if House loses more GOP seats On The Trail: How Trump lost the law and order debate MORE's (R-Ohio) magic number for a third term in Tuesday's election will be 201 votes.

That's the minimum total number of votes he needs to win reelection as Speaker, instead of 218 when all 435 members vote.

Only 401 members voted in the formal quorum call on Tuesday, which serves to take attendance of members.


Any member who votes "present" or doesn't vote will reduce the number further.

Many members are attending former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo's (D) funeral or absent due to the snow in Washington, D.C.

The Speaker vote may take as long as an hour because each member will be called on during the roll call to name their preferred candidate.

Two conservative firebrands, Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), will run against Boehner in long-shot bids. Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) will also be nominated as an alternative candidate. The vote would go to a second ballot if Boehner doesn't secure a majority on the first round.