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3 House members in contentious fight for majority whip post
3 House members in contentious fight for majority whip post

California Rep. Kevin McCarthy's apparent grip on the race to become the new House majority leader has set off a contentious battle to replace him as the third-ranking Republican, testing ideological and geographic loyalties as the party's most conservative faction seeks a foothold in the congressional leadership. As they returned to the Capitol on Tuesday evening, rank-and-file House Republicans faced an intense lobbying campaign ahead of Thursday's secret ballot. Three candidates are seeking the job of majority whip: Illinois' Peter Roskam, currently the chief deputy whip; Steve Scalise of Louisiana; and Indiana's Marlin Stutzman. The race for the post, which...

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