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As top vote counter, Blunt promised Republicans will be united in opposition to a Democratic agenda set forth by San Francisco liberal and speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi.

“Today begins the rebirth of House Republicans’ common sense agenda with a leadership team that is more unified than ever, ready to regain the trust of the American people,” Blunt said.

Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn., who backed Boehner but not Blunt said that “everybody on this leadership team understands we’ve got to go back to our roots.”

Democrats, for their part, are focusing on healing the wounds from a rancorous battle for their No. 2 leadership post, a struggle in which Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., defeated a rival backed by Pelosi.

The battle between Hoyer and John Murtha, D-Pa., appeared to overshadow Pelosi’s unanimous selection by Democrats to become the first female speaker when Democrats take control of the House in January. Pelosi had aggressively backed top ally Murtha over Hoyer, with whom she has long had a testy relationship.

But each of the combatants said they would bury the hatchet and promised a unified Democratic leadership once the party assumes the majority for the first time in a dozen years.

On the Republican side, there were a host of other races Friday for lesser leadership posts. Most prominently, 32 year-old Adam Putnam of Florida won election to the No. 3 position of conference chair.

Hoyer, 67, a 25-year veteran of Congress, defeated Murtha by a vote of 149-86.

“Let the healing begin,” Pelosi said after Hoyer’s victory.