Washington – U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, of Jefferson, told his supporters in a conference call Sunday evening that he has enough pledged votes from House Republicans to move up a slot in leadership to majority leader, the No. 2 post in the ruling House hierarchy, according to a source close to Scalise.

If successful, Scalise, 49, would be the highest-ranking member of Congress from Louisiana since New Orleans Democrat Hall Boggs served as House majority leader in 1971-72, before he disappeared on a flight in Alaska while campaigning with a colleague.

House Republicans plan to meet Thursday to settle their leadership contests — although the biggest domino, representing the speaker of the House, won’t fall until the full House votes on the position at an undetermined later date. Normally, the majority party controls the speakership, and the Thursday meeting is expected to endorse the Republican candidate. The other leadership positions are filled by House Republicans casting secret ballots.

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