US House Republicans elect Boehner as leader
Thursday 2 February 2006, 1:52pm EST
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WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) - U.S. Rep. John Boehner of Ohio upset a former deputy to indicted Texan Tom DeLay on Thursday to become majority leader of the scandal-rocked U.S. House of Representatives.
Rep. Roy Blunt had appeared to be the front-runner, based on a long list of public commitments, but Boehner, who campaigned on a vow to seek to renew the party's "spirit and vision," defeated him and Rep. John Shadegg of Arizona in a secret election by fellow Republicans.
Boehner had 122 votes to Blunt's 109. Shadegg had dropped out after a first ballot loss.