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Push for Southerner helps defeat Roskam for No. 3 House GOP post
Push for Southerner helps defeat Roskam for No. 3 House GOP post

WASHINGTON — There were multiple factors in the defeat of Illinois’ Peter Roskam at the hands of a Louisiana lawmaker in his bid Thursday for the GOP’s third-ranking job in the House of Representatives. Southern lawmakers were keen for a seat at the leadership table after last week’s stunning primary defeat of Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, who had been the House majority leader, the chamber’s No. 2 Republican behind House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. The Republicans who cast secret ballots and favored Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana over Roskam also appeared to be signaling approval of Scalise’s leadership of a large bloc of conservatives known as the...

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