WASHINGTON– House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy appeared to lose a seventh straight ballot for speaker on Thursday, despite offering fresh concessions to a group of Republican opponents to try to win their votes.

An official tally was still pending, but unofficial numbers showed McCarthy on track to lose.

The GOP opponents have sunk his past six attempts to get enough votes to win the job. The efforts to forge a compromise could weaken the job — if he gets it — and shows that governing the Republican-led House is going to be challenging this year, with infighting consuming what’s been a simple one-ballot vote for the past hundred years.

McCarthy has failed to meet the threshold needed to become speaker for a total of six ballots.