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Scalise beats Roskam, Stutzman for House GOP whip

Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, reportedly failed in his bid for election as House majority whip on Thursday.

The National Journal reported about 4 p.m. that Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., beat Stutzman and Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., on the first ballot, meaning Scalise received a majority of votes from the 231 Republicans who participated in the leadership election.

Jim Alberta of the National Journal tweeted after the results were in: “Bottom line: Scalise whipping operation was far superior to competition – and that’s not a knock on them. Team Scalise was a machine.”

The whip is responsible for gauging how caucus members intend to vote on legislation.

Stutzman had acknowledged when he joined the race a week earlier that he was a long shot to win. He had hoped to build enough support among his freshmen class of 2010 – a large group of Republicans who gave the party its House majority – to gain ground on his rivals and advance to a second ballot.

Stutzman had said he believed he had 50 caucus members supporting him. They included Rep. Jackie Walorski of the South Bend-based 2nd District, who seconded Stutzman’s nomination after Rep. Ed Reed of New York nominated the LaGrange County corn and soybean farmer.

The voting took place in a basement room of the Longworth House Office Building, the same building where Stutzman has his offices. It was unclear whether Republicans would release vote totals in the race.

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