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WASHINGTON, DC - Dec. 04: Senate GOP Policy Committee Chairwoman Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, Senate GOP Conference Vice Chairman John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Senate GOP Conference Chairman Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., exit the the Senate Republican policy luncheon. Hutchison announced Tuesday she will not seek the Senate Republican Conference chairmanship, clearing the way for a two-man race between Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Richard M. Burr of North Carolina. The two are vying for the third-ranking post, currently held by Jon Kyl of Arizona, who is expected to be elected without opposition to replace Trent Lott of Mississippi as minority whip. Republicans will conduct the conference balloting Thursday. Lott set off the leadership scramble when he announced Nov. 26 he would quit the Senate before the end of the year, just a year after he won a fourth term. He has been in Congress for 34 years, serving in leadership posts in both chambers. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has said he is not taking sides in the leadership races. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly).

WASHINGTON, DC - Dec. 04: Senate GOP Policy Committee Chairwoman Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, Senate GOP Conference Vice Chairman John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Senate GOP Conference Chairman Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., exit the the Senate Republican policy luncheon. Hutchison announced Tuesday she will not seek the Senate Republican Conference chairmanship, clearing the way for a two-man race between Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Richard M. Burr of North Carolina. The two are vying for the...
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