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Wasserman Schultz Drops Out Of Leadership Race

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) is out of the race for caucus vice chair -- a stepping stone in Democratic leadership -- and is settling for a vice chair position with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

By dropping out of contention for the caucus leadership slot, Wasserman Schultz leaves the door open for New York Rep. Joseph Crowley, and potentially Kendrick Meek of Florida, Hilda Solis of California and Dennis Cardoza of California, who are all said to be interested in the vice chairmanship job.

Wasserman Schultz is thought of as one of the up and coming stars of the Democratic caucus, which is why she was pondering a run for the no. 6 slot in the party hierarchy as vice chair of the caucus. The vice chair position is expected to open up if Rep. Xavier Becerra of California is given the position as U.S. Trade Representative in the Obama administration.

On Monday afternoon Wasserman Schultz was given a DCCC vice chairmanship and decided to stick with the campaign arm of the party.

"After careful consideration, I believe I can best serve the Speaker and our caucus by helping protect our new and returning members, as well as our expanded majority, as the Vice Chair of Incumbent Retention at the DCCC,” Wasserman Schultz said.

John Bresnahan contributed to this post.

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