Stutzman jumps into whip race

Greg Nash

Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) is throwing his hat into a race for House majority whip.

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His entry complicates a race for the GOP’s No. 3 leadership spot in the House, where Reps. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) are already competing.

Stutzman told local media Thursday that he was making calls in an effort to line up support but acknowledged his bid would be a “long shot.”

“I’m just getting started,” Stutzman told Howey Politics Indiana.

“I was up really late last night making calls. There will be a lot happening in the next few days.”

Stutzman has served in the House since winning a special election in 2010 and argued that his relative inexperience compared to the others could be a boon. He argued some of his colleagues could be looking for a “red-state conservative and a fresh face.”

The whip position could open up if Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) succeeds in his bid to replace Rep. Eric CantorEric CantorThree strategies to help Clinton build 'Team of Teams' David Brat may run for Senate if Kaine becomes VP The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Va.) as majority leader, following the latter’s shocking primary loss earlier in the week. McCarthy, the current whip, is facing off against Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) for the No. 2 slot.

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) announced Thursday that he will not run to replace Cantor as majority leader.