Wicker will lead Senate Republican campaign committee
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Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerHillicon Valley — Chinese disinformation accounts removed GOP resistance to Biden FCC nominee could endanger board's Democratic majority Bottom line 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 HellerNevada becomes early Senate battleground Nevada governor Sisolak injured in car accident, released from hospital Democrats brace for tough election year in Nevada 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) MoranBiden signs four bills aimed at helping veterans Bottom line Democrats face squeeze on Biden's spending bill MORE (R-Kan.), who helped the party pick up at least eight Democratic seats and possibly nine, if Sen. Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuCassidy wins reelection in Louisiana Bottom line A decade of making a difference: Senate Caucus on Foster Youth 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 ReidBottom line Voters need to feel the benefit, not just hear the message Schumer-McConnell dial down the debt ceiling drama 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.