Wicker will lead Senate Republican campaign committee
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Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerDavis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump The Hill's Coronavirus Report: INOVIO R&D Chief Kate Broderick 'completely confident' world will develop a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine; GOP boxed in on virus negotiations Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers zero in on Twitter after massive hack | US, UK, Canada allege Russian hackers targeted COVID-19 vaccine researchers | Top EU court rules data transfer deal with the US is illegal MORE (R) of Mississippi has been elected as the new chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. 

The Mississippi senator defeated Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE (R) of Nevada during Republican leadership elections Thursday morning.

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“I am thankful for the confidence and the support of my colleagues. I intend to roll up my sleeves immediately to ensure that we have the resources available to preserve our Republican majority. This Senate Republican leadership team is ready to go to bat for the American people, and I am proud to be a part of it," Wicker said in a statement.  

With his election, Wicker becomes the sixth-ranking member of the Senate GOP leadership. 

He will take over for Sen. Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranHillicon Valley: 'Fortnite' owner sues Apple after game is removed from App Store | Federal agencies seize, dismantle cryptocurrency campaigns of major terrorist organizations Republican senators call on FTC to investigate TikTok over data collection concerns Davis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump MORE (R-Kan.), who helped the party pick up at least eight Democratic seats and possibly nine, if Sen. Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuBottom line A decade of making a difference: Senate Caucus on Foster Youth Congress needs to work to combat the poverty, abuse and neglect issues that children face MORE (D-La.) loses her runoff election next month.

The map is much more difficult for Republicans in 2016, when 24 GOP seats and only 10 Democratic seats will be up for reelection.

Some GOP insiders thought Heller would win the race, after he pledged to target home-state colleague, Senate Democratic Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidPentagon forming task force to investigate military UFO sightings Kamala Harris makes history — as a Westerner McConnell goes hands-off on coronavirus relief bill MORE (D-Nev.), for defeat in the next election cycle.

Heller has urged Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) to run against Reid in two years.