Boehner Wins, Bachus Backs Right Horse
So Boehner wins in a mild upset and Blunt will remain as Majority Whip.
The only Alabama Republican to back Boehner was Spencer Bachus. Bachus' endorsement could help his bid to become Chair of the Financial Services Committee in 2007. The other Alabama Republicans didn't back the winner, but with Blunt still holding the Whip slot, I don't think anyone expects reprisals from the Boehner camp.
Boehner now has to be considered the favorite to succeed Dennis Hastert as Speaker if he, as expected, retires in 2008.