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Liz Cheney keeps her place in House GOP leadership

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Posted at 8:58 PM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 21:01:46-05

(WTXL) — Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) is keeping her place in House GOP leadership.

Republicans voted 145-61 to keep her in the No. 3 position, despite her vote to impeach former President Trump last month.

Trump's most ardent supporters in the House waged a weekslong campaign to oust Cheney from her post, arguing that she didn't represent the GOP conference with her vote. But even her toughest critics privately acknowledged that she would retain her seat in a secret ballot vote, which gave members the opportunity to throw their support behind her anonymously.

Cheney told Republicans she wanted a vote on her leadership in Wednesday's meeting, as Republicans also convened to discuss Rep, Marjorie Taylor Greene's over past comments promoting a range of conspiracy theories.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who is hoping to reclaim the majority and speaker's gavel next year, threw his support behind Cheney, and also resisted calls to punish Greene - in a bid to keep his fragile coalition united against Democrats and President Joe Biden's agenda.