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Hoyer defeats Murtha

From NBC's Mike Viqueira
Current House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer has defeated Rep. John Murtha for the post of majority leader in the 110th Congress.  The preliminary vote was 149-86.  The contest became acrimonious in the final days as Leader Nancy Pelosi weighed in with an endorsement of Murtha, and as Pelosi and other Murtha supporters began leaning heavily on the rank-and-file to vote for him.  There may be lingering hard feelings as Democrats prepare to control Congress in January.  More to come.