No. 3 House Republican Scalise says he’s got the votes to be majority leader. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Updated: 7:48 p.m. | Majority Whip Steve Scalise is telling members he has the race to be majority leader locked up — as long as there is a race to be majority leader.
Scalise held a roughly 15-minute conference call with committed supporters Sunday night to tell them he is well beyond having a majority of the conference behind him.
A source with knowledge of the whip operation told CQ Roll Call on Sunday the Louisiana Republican has more than 140 committed votes, while — by Scalise’s count — his only announced opponent, Budget Chairman Tom Price, has just over 50 members firmly supporting him. Scalise’s operation estimates there are roughly 50 members still undecided.
“The winning number is 124,” the source told CQ Roll Call, “and Scalise is well past it. He has an opportunity to absolutely run away with this.” Full story