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Poe Gives Up Leadership Fight; Durkin Unanimously Elected As House GOP Leader


Just a day after vowing to keep fighting to become House Republican leader, Representative Raymond Poe has dropped his challenge, offering up rival Jim Durkin's name in nomination just before Durkin was unanimously chosen to lead the caucus.

 

Poe says his change of heart was because of simple mathematics -- he didn't have the votes to beat Durkin.  Seven House members were unable to attend the rescheduled caucus meeting Thursday in Springfield, dooming Poe's chances.

 

But Durkin and Poe say they are now united on common goals -- to bring Republicans together, elect a GOP governor, and reclaim enough Republican seats in the House to end the Democrats' veto-proof majority.

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