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Less drama is expected within the House Democratic Caucus, as most current committee chairmen are slated to become their panel’s top Democrat when the party assumes minority status in the chamber next year.

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander M. Levin of Michigan, who is vying to be the panel’s ranking Democrat, is being challenged by party member Rep. Richard E. Neal of Massachusetts.

The top Democratic spot on the House Armed Services Committee also is in doubt after several of the panel’s top Democrats, including Chairman Ike Skelton of Missouri, lost re-election bids Nov. 2. Running for the post are Rep. Silvestre Reyes of Texas, considered the front-runner, and Reps. Adam Smith of Washington and Loretta Sanchez of California.