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HA_ASSEMBLY0618.JPGFor the second time this year, Assemblywoman Connie Conway faces the possibility of surrendering her leadership of the Assembly Republican Caucus.

Assembly Republicans will hold a leadership vote after the current legislative session ends on Sept. 13. Conway, a Tulare Republican who weathered a quickly quashed challenge in February, will seek re-election, spokeswoman Sabrina Lockhart said.

"Historically, this has happened at the end of session and after elections, so she wanted to gauge her caucus after we work through the last final weeks of session," Lockhart said.

"We have a large class of new members, so she wants the caucus to decide what the year ahead will look like," Lockhart added.

Rumors of a potential ouster reverberated through the caucus earlier this year, with Republicans stinging from an election cycle that saw Democrats claim enough seats to establish a two-thirds supermajority in both houses of the Legislature.

The Assembly supermajority is currently on hold pending the outcome of special elections to fill vacant seats.

PHOTO: Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway, R-Tulare, during the first day of session at the state Capitol in Sacramento on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua.



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