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Elise Stefanik elected as GOP conference chair

Elise Stefanik has been elected as the new chair of the House Republican conference in a secret ballot of party members.

Ms Stefanik is now the party’s number three in the House of Representatives, replacing Liz Cheney of Wyoming who was removed from the post earlier this week.

The vote was 134 in favour of the Donald Trump-backed New York representative, with Texas congressman Chip Roy getting 46 votes.

There were several other write-in candidates including Ohio’s Jim Jordan, Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, and Cathy McMorris of Washington. Nine ballots were cast as present.

In a statement released moments after her victory, Ms Stefanik said: “House Republicans are united in our focus to fight on behalf of the American people to save our country from the radical Socialist Democrat agenda of President Biden and Nancy Pelosi.”

House leader Kevin McCarthy congratulated Ms Stefanik on her victory echoing her statement about opposing the Democrat agenda.

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