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June 19, 2014

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House Republicans voted for new No. 2 and No.3 leaders today.  Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) ascended Thursday to the majority leader role being vacated by Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) won the race for majority whip. Check here for the latest updates.

  • Sean Sullivan
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Rep. Steve Scalise’s election hardly calms the fears of many conservatives that the House leadership remains a more centrist group than the base of the party.

At 4 p.m., immediately following the leadership elections, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) sent an email to a large group of conservative House Republicans, inviting them to meet with him on June 24 for an “off the record gathering” and “an evening of discussion and fellowship.” Paul Teller, a Cruz adviser and former House staffer who clashed with Scalise while working at the Republicans Study Committee, is organizing the meeting. Pizza will be served.

Cruz, who was a player in last year’s federal government shutdown, has previously worked with several House members and urged them to pressure Boehner and Cantor to push a hardline conservative agenda.

Meanwhile, some conservatives criticized Scalise and McCarthy’s success and played down Scalise’s reputation as a voice for the House’s right flank.

“The bad news is that the two winning candidates, McCarthy and Scalise, are business-as-usual, go-along-to-get-along Washington insiders,” said Richard Viguerie, a longtime conservative activist. “The gap between the leadership of the Republican Party and the base of the party continues to widen.”

  • Sean Sullivan
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Just ask his roommates, Reps. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) and Kevin Brady (R-Tex.):

  • Sean Sullivan
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The reaction from Democrats to the outcome of the House GOP leadership elections? Looks like more of the same.

“We learned one thing from House Republicans’ election: you can change the names on the doors, but the force driving the agenda remains the same, and the tea party will keep insisting on pulling this Congress further outside the mainstream,” said Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Josh Schwerin.

Reacting to Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s win to succeed Cantor, Americans United for Change executive director Caren Benjamin said in a statement, “The baton has been passed from the one man standing in the way of comprehensive immigration reform to the next.”

  • Sean Sullivan
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Addressing reporters with the newly elected GOP leadership team, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) called the outcome of the leadership races “a win for America.”

“We built a really strong team that is very representative of our entire conference,” said Scalise, who defeated two other candidates on the first ballot and will become House majority whip, the third-ranking position in leadership.

Scalise will replace Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) , who won the race to be the next House majority leader.

  • Sean Sullivan
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Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise (R-La.) defeated current chief deputy whip, Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), and Indiana conservative Rep. Marlin A. Stutzman in the race to become the next House majority whip.

Scalise won on the first ballot by securing a majority of the vote, sparing himself what would have a nerve-racking and uncertain second ballot.

  • Ed O'Keefe
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So what does the Speaker of the House do exactly? The leader? The whip? Post Politics has done a quick primer.

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