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11/13/06--House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., exits the House Radio/TV studio after an on-air interview. With stakes high and accurate counts hard to come by, rivals for the job of House majority leader spent Monday whipping for votes and trying to determine what impact the preference of Nancy Pelosi would have on the outcome. Pelosi, D-Calif., who is unchallenged for the position of Speaker of the House, officially threw her support to ally John P. Murtha of Pennsylvania, the only challenger to majority leader candidate Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland. Hoyer supporters claimed to have commitments from as many as 30 of the partyÕs 41 incoming freshmen, but held back on issuing a full list of those commitments Ñ making it difficult for the rival camp to dispute the figure. Murtha supporters were not offering any estimates of the number backing their favorite for leader, who will be chosen in a Thursday caucus. Congressional Quarterly Photo by Scott J. Ferrell

11/13/06--House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., exits the House Radio/TV studio after an on-air interview. With stakes high and accurate counts hard to come by, rivals for the job of House majority leader spent Monday whipping for votes and trying to determine what impact the preference of Nancy Pelosi would have on the outcome. Pelosi, D-Calif., who is unchallenged for the position of Speaker of the House, officially threw her support to ally John P. Murtha of Pennsylvania, the only...
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