A third day of voting looms on Thursday but it is unclear if the US House of Representatives is any closer to electing a Speaker. Will fresh concessions that emerged overnight break the deadlock?

Republicans won the chamber in the midterm elections but Kevin McCarthy, who has served as the party's House minority leader for four years,

has 20 Republicans standing between him and the gavel - and they aren't budging. Matt Gaetz, one of those so-called "Never Kevins", described Mr McCarthy as a "desperate guy"

and said his request was simple: "For him to drop out of the race." Mr McCarthy, for his part, pushed for the House to adjourn until Thursday, guaranteeing a third day of voting.

Don Bacon, a centrist Republican from Nebraska, has previously expressed an openness to working with Democrats to elect a compromise speaker if Mr McCarthy fails.