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 WilsonNew Jeep hack allows remote steering, acceleration Automotive industry promotes security best practices Overnight Healthcare: Mysterious new Zika case | Mental health bill in doubt | Teletraining to fight opioids MORE (R-S.C.), Tom Marino (R-Pa.), Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) and Ted PoeTed PoeOvernight Tech: Dem presses Facebook on gun sales | Praise for new librarian of Congress | Fourth Amendment Caucus to push privacy concerns Overnight Cybersecurity: Guccifer 2.0 releases more DNC docs; China hacked banking regulator Texas lawmaker announces leukemia diagnosis 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 FortenberryConscience rights under threat in US Overnight Healthcare: Momentum on mental health? | Zika bills head to conference | Only 10 ObamaCare co-ops left Overnight Energy: Senate Dems block energy, water bill a third time MORE (R-Neb.) and Mike Kelly (R-Pa.).