Royce gets colleagues' support for leadership race on House Foreign Affairs panel

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Royce is running against Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), the chairman of the committee's subpanel on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights.

The letter was signed by Reps. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), Tim GriffinTim GriffinFlynn discloses lobbying that may have helped Turkey Tea Party class reassesses record Huckabee's daughter to run '16 campaign MORE (R-Ariz.), Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), Joe WilsonJoe WilsonGOP worries as state Dems outperform in special elections Navy official: Budget, readiness issues led to ship collisions Obama left nuclear waste in South Carolina, Trump can clean it up MORE (R-S.C.), Tom Marino (R-Pa.), Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) and Ted PoeTed PoeA bipartisan solution to stopping drive-by lawsuits Harvey response puts squeeze on GOP US Senate must follow House lead in combating human trafficking MORE (R-Texas). Ros-Lehtinen endorsed Royce earlier.

Three other Republicans who will be returning next year did not sign on: Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), Jeff FortenberryJeff FortenberryKurds, Iraqi Christians want democracy for themselves Rep: Charlie Gard granted permanent residence status Security fears grow on both sides of aisle MORE (R-Neb.) and Mike Kelly (R-Pa.).