Romney Supporter Blunt Wins Senate GOP Post


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December 14, 2011 12:09AM (UTC)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt has won election to the Senate leadership in a race portrayed as a contest between establishment Washington and tea party power.

Blunt, a congressional veteran and presidential contender Mitt Romney's chief advocate on Capitol Hill, won the post of Republican conference vice chairman over a fellow Senate freshman, Wisconsin's Ron Johnson, a tea party favorite.

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The position itself doesn't carry much power or responsibility other than to spread the Senate Republican leadership's message ahead of the 2012 elections. The vice chairmanship is the fifth-most senior position in the GOP caucus and is considered a step closer to more consequential leadership posts.

Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander announced in September that he would be relinquishing the post at the end of this session of Congress.


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