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Race for House Republican whip goes down to the wire
Race for House Republican whip goes down to the wire

The job of a House whip is largely about knowing how the vote count stands. Just trying to win the job shows how difficult the road ahead might be for the three candidates working to line up support. There are 233 Republicans in the House who can participate in Thursday's secret ballot. But based on the projections the candidates offer, you'd think it were more. Allies of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), increasingly viewed as the front-runner, say he's very near the 117 votes he needs to secure the House's No. 3 job on the first ballot. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), currently the chief deputy whip, has 90 "solid" commitments, aides say. And second-term Rep. Marlin...

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