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Republicans pick McCarthy as House majority leader

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Republicans on Thursday chose Kevin McCarthyof California as the chamber's next majority leader, a Republican aide announced.

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McCarthy, currently the party's No. 3 leader in the House, defeated Representative Raul Labrador in the secret ballot contest to succeed Eric Cantor as the No. 2 House Republican.

Cantor is stepping down as majority leader July 31 after his surprise loss to a Tea Party movement challenger in aVirginia primary election last week. (Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Bill Trott)

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