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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight committee, plans to launch a campaign for House speaker to replace retiring John Boehner, Politico reported on Friday.

Representative Kevin McCarthy remains the favorite to replace Boehner, who announced his resignation a week ago.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Bill Trott)

The chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform committee, Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), questions Planned Parenthood Federation president Cecile Richards (not pictured) on Capitol Hill in Washington September 29, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

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