Stutzman at about 50 votes in whip race

Third District Indiana Congressman Marlin Stutzman

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- Indiana Third District Congressman Marlin Stutzman has secured about 50 votes as he vies for the third most powerful position in the U.S. House, that of House majority whip, Stutzman told NewsChannel 15 Monday.

In a story published Sunday, the website Politico quoted Stutzman as saying he is closing in on 50 backers. NewsChannel 15 contacted Stutzman Monday evening and he confirmed his total number of supporters remains at about 50.

That number is up considerably from Friday, when NewsChannel 15 reported Stutzman had secured about 20 supporters. The jump in supporters would appear to indicate that Stutzman’s long-shot bid for the position has gained momentum.

The majority whip talks to Republicans in the House to see what they think about upcoming legislation and also tells the party how to vote.

Stutzman is competing with fellow House lawmakers Peter Roskam and Steve Scalise for the job. To become the winner, one of the competitors will need 117 votes when House Republicans come together to vote Thursday.

The voting will require multiple ballots if no one reaches 117 on the first vote. If no one reaches that threshold on the first ballot, Politico reported that the person with the fewest votes will be eliminated and the race will be decided on a second ballot.

At this point, according to published reports, Scalise appears to have secured the most backers while Roskam is second, having secured around 90 backers.

Politico also reported that if Stutzman doesn’t win and is eliminated from consideration on the second ballot, his supporters will be crucial in deciding who emerges as the winner between Roskam and Scalise.

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