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Hoyer wins majority leader post, beating Murtha

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In a stunning rebuke to incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Democrats selected Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) to be their majority leader Thursday morning in a vote of 149 to 86 even though Pelosi had thrown her weight behind Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.). Hoyer drew on a coalition of soon-to-be committee chairmen, centrists and freshman members to overcome Pelosi's clout with colleagues.

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