Scalise Ahead in Whip's Race; Roskam, Stutzman Aim to Force Second Ballot
In the race to become the next House majority whip, the magic number isn't 117 — it's 78. Unless someone in Thursday's special election wins an outright majority of the 233 total votes cast — a prospect that appears far from certain — 78 is the number of votes that would prevent any of the three candidates from finishing last on the initial ballot, and therefore guarantee them a place on the second ballot.
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