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Thursday, November 16, 2006
Hoyer beats out Murtha for majority leader
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, has been elected to the House majority leader position.

Hoyer beat out Rep. Jack Murtha for the No. 2 leadership post in a race that became increasingly divisive in its final days.

The vote was 149-86.

Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi publicly threw her support behind Murtha earlier in the week and set off a firestorm among House Democrats as both candidates jockeyed for enough votes.

-- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
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