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Washington (AP) - House Democrats on Thursday chose Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer to be House majority leader over Rep. John Murtha, the choice of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, in line to become speaker.
Hoyer was elected on a vote of 149-86.
The balloting marked a personal triumph for him, but also a snub to Pelosi, moments after the rank and file selected her unanimously to become speaker when the House convenes in January.
"We made history and now we will make progress for the American people," Pelosi told the party caucus moments after her selection.
She vowed that after 12 years in the minority, "we will not be dazzled by money and special interests."
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