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Tensions high in Louisiana GOP after House speaker's vote

On Tuesday, House Republican leader Blake Miguez criticized Schexnayder's election.
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Rep. Sherman Mack, R-Albany, center, looks on at the state Capitol in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Mack was defeated by Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, for the House speaker position. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

BATON ROUGE, La. — Republicans on the losing side of the Louisiana House speaker’s vote are still bristling a day after the election. 

A breakaway faction of Republican lawmakers banded together with Democrats to choose the chamber’s new leader, GOP Rep. Clay Schexnayder of Ascension Parish. 

That meant Democrats had a stronger say in who became House speaker than Republicans, even though nearly two-thirds of House members are in the GOP. Schexnayder was not the candidate favored by several prominent Republican officials and donors — and he didn't have support from a majority of the GOP lawmakers in the House. 

On Tuesday, House Republican leader Blake Miguez criticized Schexnayder's election.

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