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Murkowski keeps Energy post

From NBC's Ken Strickland
Senate Republicans decided not to strip Sen. Lisa Murkowski of her position as the top Republican on the Energy committee, after she mounted a write-in bid for her Senate seat.

"The conference decided not to make any changes," said Sen. Richard Burr. The Conventional Wisdom going into the GOP caucus meeting was the Burr would be selected to replace Murkowski.

Senate GOP Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander refused to discuss how it all unfolded behind closed doors. "There are some things that we discussed within the conference, and we keep them there," he said moments after the meeting.

"We've done what we need to do and we decided not to do more."

Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming was picked to succeed Murkowski as Conference vice-chairman.