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June 18, 2014

Hot race for No. 3 spot in GOP leadership

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"I am a conservative who won in suburban Chicago in 2006 as a conservative through and through," Roskam said.

Stutzman, 37, was a late entrant into the contest and is presenting himself as a fresh face, supported by some tea party figures in the House and some allies who, like him, were elected in the GOP wave election of 2010. He's staked out less support than either Roskam or Scalise and some fear a scenario where he splits the conservative vote with Scalise, opening a path for Roskam.

If no candidate gets an outright majority in Thursday's secret ballot — that would be 117 if all GOP lawmakers vote — the lowest vote-getter will be eliminated and ballots recast between the top two finishers.

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