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GOP House Leadership Elections To Be Week of Nov. 12

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, leaves after meeting with reporters Capitol Hill in Washington as Congress prepares to shut down until after elections in November.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

October 5, 2012
House Republicans will hold their leadership elections the week of Nov. 12, a top GOP House leadership aide tells the Alley.

The top leadership spots, assuming Republicans hold onto the majority as expected, aren't likely to change, meaning House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy would keep their jobs.

The contests to watch for are chair, vice chair and secretary of the House Republican Conference, chair of the Republican Study Committee and chair of the Republican Policy Committee, according to the aide.

Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, the current chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers of Washington are competing for the conference chair. Price is the current favorite "because he has the backing of conservatives," the aide said.

Rep. Lynn Jenkins of Kansas has a "slight edge" over freshman Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama in the contest for vice chair. In the three-way race for secretary between Reps. Jeff Denham of California, Virginia Foxx of North Carolina and Gregg Harper of Mississippi, Denham has been the most "aggressive" campaigner.

Freshman Rep. James Lankford of Oklahoma is an emerging favorite to be next Republican Policy Committee chairman, while Rep. Tom Graves of Georgia has been backed by the founders of the Republican Study Committee to chair that group, but Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana might seek the position as well, the aide said.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said which position Rep. Steve Scalise might seek. It is chair of the Republican Study Committee.

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