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Mississippi’s Roger Wicker to Head NRSC

Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker is the next head of the top group charged with electing Republican senators.

Wicker, who has served in the Senate since 2007, was elected Thursday by his GOP colleagues to be the next chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Republican Party’s chief fundraising and campaign group for the Senate GOP.

Wicker bested Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, who had also been vying for the post, in leadership elections held behind closed doors Thursday. Sen.-elect Thom Tillis of North Carolina had also expressed interest in the job being vacated by Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran.

The NRSC raised over $100 million for the 2014 campaign cycle, which saw Republicans gain at least eight seats in the Senate. (The December 6 runoff in Louisiana will determine if their total tally for the cycle goes up to nine seats.)

- Carrie Dann