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Texan Gohmert backs Bachmann; Ron Paul for Hensarling

WASHINGTON — Louie Gohmert of Texas became the first House member to split from his delegation colleague when endorsing in the race for House Conference chairman.

Gohmert, a charter member of the House Tea Party Caucus, has backed Michele Bachmann over his fellow Texan Jeb Hensarling, Bachmann told POLITICO. That brings her total public tally of supporters to five, including Iowa's Steve King and the three other Minnesota Republicans.

Meanwhile, Hensarling picked up another key backer this morning, as National Journal reported that Ron Paul (whose supporters were among the first Tea Partiers) has endorsed him. Hensarling's support now stands at eight, including likely House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and outgoing Conference Chairman Mike Pence.

National Journal's Hotline has a running list of supporters. You can find it by clicking here.

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