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Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Lott proves he has more than one political life after Whip victory
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. Trent Lott, R-Mississippi, proved that political lives can have second acts after his GOP colleagues elected him minority whip Wednesday. Lott beat out Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander for the position.

"I'm honored to be part of this leadership team to support Mitch McConnell and all my colleagues to a job that I've always really loved the most - count the votes," Lott told reporters after the GOP leadership elections. "All Mitch is going to want me to do is find a way to count the magic 60 or the magic 51 and I'll do my very best in that effort."

Lott's return to the Senate leadership is a dramatic comeback after his forced resignation from the Senate Majority Leader post four years ago following comments many deemed racially insensitive.

-- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
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