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Cornyn voted in as Chair of National Republican Senatorial Committee

The U.S. House and Senate elect new leaders this week, including the chairmanships of committees responsible for helping Republicans get elected to Congress.      

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas was a a shoo-in for the job as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. His only opponent, Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota, decided against running for the job amid his stalemated Senate race with Democratic challenger Al Franken.

Cornyn, although he had his own competitive race this year, raised $2.5 million for other Senate candidates in the 2007-08 election cycle. Six Republican senators lost re-election bids on Nov. 4. Three races have yet to be decided.      

Cornyn will give up his job as vice chairman of the Senate Republican Conference as he takes the helm at the NRSC.      

Rep. Pete Sessions of Dallas is favored to become new chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. Sessions has won the backing of House Leader John Boehner. The Texan faces the current chairman, Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma.      

The GOP suffered tough defeats in this year's House races, with 24 Republican seats going to Democrats. Republicans picked up only four seats, although a handful of races remain undecided.

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