Rep. Deal (R) stepping down, making House vote on ObamaCare that much closer 

An e-mail alert from Congress Daily:

Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Ga., announced today he will resign from Congress to devote his "full energies" to the governor's race, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. One of seven Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for governor, Deal will step down from the House next Monday.

The earliest Deal would be replaced is probably late July, when Georgia holds its 2010 primary election.

Among other things, this means ObamaCare is one vote closer to passage. Democrats will now need only 216 votes in the House for a majority, and there is one less "no" vote. By Rep. Eric Cantor's whip count, though, Democrats are probably more than ten votes short -- for now.

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