Rep. Nita Lowey

Rep. Nita Lowey Harry Hamburg/AP file photo

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It's now a 2-woman race for top Democrat on House spending panel

Reps. Nita Lowey of New York and Marcy Kaptur of Ohio are in the running.

Our colleagues report for National Journal subscribers the latest on the race for top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee: Rep. Jim Moran is out, leaving Reps. Nita Lowey of New York and Marcy Kaptur of Ohio.

Katy O'Donnell on the state of the race:

Both women bill themselves as tough negotiators who can also reach across the aisle and work with Republicans. Lowey has support from party leadership, while Kaptur has more of a maverick voting record, but both women have put in serious time on the committee: Kaptur joined in 1989, and Lowey in 1993. And, crucially, both lawmakers support earmarks.

None of the offices involved would give a whip count, but Lowey, who has a better relationship with her leadership than Kaptur, is the favorite to win the post.


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