Everett Backs Blunt
Everett joins colleague Jo Bonner (R-Mobile) in backing Blunt, while Mike Rogers, Robert Aderholt, and Spencer Bachus have thus far refrained from publicly engaging in the race.
Blunt claims the private support of a majority of House Republicans, but does not have that many public backers. John Boehner (R-OH) also has significant support and has proven to be Blunt's chief rival, but John Shadegg (R-AZ) recently joined the race and though he has not developed a long list of public backers he has won the support of some influential conservatives around the country.
It is certainly possible that some of Alabama's Republican members are private commits to Blunt, but for one reason or another don't want to go public with their support. The leadership elections are scheduled for early February and though Blunt has the edge currently, don't be surprised if the race tightens as the elections approach. In that case Mike Rogers, Robert Aderholt, and Spencer Bachus may be key votes in deciding the next House Majority Leader.