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Paul Ryan-Endorsed Candidate Loses Bid For GOP Leadership Role

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McMorris Rodgers was Speaker John Boehner's preference. Currently the vice chair of the GOP conference and highest ranking House Republican woman, she has been a loyal surrogate for leadership and has earned the Speaker's trust.

Her victory in the hard-fought battle could foretell the direction the conference will move following President Obama's re-election and the expanded Democratic majority in the Senate.

The source, a spokesperson for the Conference, told TPM that he did not have an exact vote count upon revealing the result during the closed-door meeting.

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