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 GriffinTea Party class reassesses record Huckabee's daughter to run '16 campaign Lawmakers seek Purple Heart for victims of Little Rock shooting MORE (R-Ariz.), Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), Joe WilsonJoe WilsonTrump: Cancel Boeing's contract for Air Force One PAC to host holiday fundraiser for veterans Week ahead: Defense hawks bristle at spending plan MORE (R-S.C.), Tom Marino (R-Pa.), Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) and Ted PoeTed PoeOvernight Cybersecurity: Lawmakers pushing for vote to delay warrant rule changes Coons to call for voice vote to halt changes to hacking rule The right person for State Department is Rudy Giuliani 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 FortenberryWHIP LIST: Republicans breaking with Trump Pence rallies GOP before final stretch Pence to House GOP: Trump needs your help MORE (R-Neb.) and Mike Kelly (R-Pa.).