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Boehner Squeaks Back in as House Speaker

Jan. 3, 2013

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Speaker of the House John Boehner
Speaker of the House John Boehner

John Boehner was reelected Thursday as speaker of the House in the first vote of the newly convened 113th Congress.

The Ohio congressman got to keep his seat by a margin of just three votes to spare, according to NBC News. He earned 220 votes, just three more than the minimum. Former speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, picked up 192 votes.

Boehner's reelection was in doubt right up to the moment when ballots were cast, as reported by the Snow Report and other blogs. Many of his colleagues on the right of the aisle were disenchanted with his leadership in the fiscal cliff talks, his failure to push his 'Plan B' solution through the House, and opposition to the compromise reached in the Senate by Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The question now is what will happen to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., who has been playing Brutus to Boehner's Caesar for some time now.

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