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Create a Spot for Clyburn: House Dems Avert Leadership Struggle

"Word of the deal came in a vaguely worded statement..."

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic officials say the party has averted a leadership struggle in advance of next week's party elections.

Under the agreement, they say Rep. James Clyburn has agreed to drop his challenge to Rep. Steny Hoyer to become second in command. Instead, Clyburn will be elected to a new position one rung lower on the leadership ladder.

Word of the deal came in a vaguely worded statement from Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in line to become leader of the minority Democrats when Republicans take power in January.

The statement made no mention of Hoyer. The plan was described by officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not cleared to discuss the matter publicly. Clyburn's office did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic officials say the party has averted a leadership struggle in advance of next week's party elections.

Under the agreement, they say Rep. James Clyburn has agreed to drop his challenge to Rep. Steny Hoyer to become second in command. Instead, Clyburn will be elected to a new position one rung lower on the leadership ladder.

Word of the deal came in a vaguely worded statement from Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in line to become leader of the minority Democrats when Republicans take power in January.

The statement made no mention of Hoyer. The plan was described by officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not cleared to discuss the matter publicly. Clyburn's office did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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