Har­ris de­feated in race for GOP Study Com­mit­tee

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North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker was elected Thurs­day to lead an in­flu­en­tial cau­cus of House con­ser­va­tives, deny­ing Mary­land Rep. Andy Har­ris a shot at the job and the chance to help craft the party’s mes­sage. Walker, in his first term, was elected chair­man of the Repub­li­can Study Com­mit­tee on what sev­eral law­mak­ers de­scribed as a close vote. The group has worked since the 1970s to pull the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives to the right on fis­cal and so­cial is­sues. “We’re ready to jump in and work hard,” Walker said min­utes af­ter the vote was tal­lied. Har­ris, in this third term, had the back­ing of more con­ser­va­tive mem­bers of the Repub­li­can con­fer­ence, in­clud­ing the Free­dom Cau­cus, of which he is a mem­ber. He ran a cam­paign cen­tered on the idea of the bridg­ing the di­vides within the com­mit­tee. “It’s the will of the body,” Har­ris said af­ter the vote. “I ob­vi­ously wish it had been a dif­fer­ent out­come.”

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