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Boehner edges out Blunt for majority leader

By a vote of 122 to 109, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) was voted in today as the new House Majority Leader. He replaces Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) who was serving in the role temporarily after former majority leader Tom DeLay was indicted and forced to step aside.

On the first ballot, Blunt had a plurality with 110 votes, but fell short of the required 117. Rep. John Shadegg (R-KS), who was endorsed by Wisconsin congressmen Jim Sensenbrenner and Paul Ryan, then dropped out of the running and threw his support to Boehner giving him the edge.


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