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Thursday, November 16, 2006
Barton drops out of House GOP leadership race
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Texas GOP Rep. Joe Barton, a long shot candidate in the House minority leadership race, announced Wednesday he was dropping out of the contest and throwing his support behind outgoing House Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio.

"He not only has my vote, he has my confidence that he can unify the Republican Conference and bring us back to the majority by exercising the power of good ideas and great determination," Barton said of Boehner in a statement.

With Barton's exit, Rep. Mike Pence, R-Indiana, is alone in challenging Boehner for the No. 1 House GOP leadership post.

-- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
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