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With Speaker Boehner announcing his departure, jockeying is already underway to replace him. The odds on favorite is Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), currently the House Majority Leader. While he is currently expected to win, it is not a guarantee. Members are also lining up to replace him (McCarthy), and that fight is far less certain. In the race to succeed McCarthy as leader, Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and House Republican Conference chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) are both running, with others looking closely at the race. Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.), and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) are all looking to run for Majority Whip. Reports are already circulating that former Deputy Whip Peter Roskam, who ran unsuccessfully for Whip after Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary and caused a leadership shake-up, is eying a move up the leadership ladder, as is Rules Committee Chairmen who brings the backing of the Texas delegation. more

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