WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., told supporters he has the votes needed to win the election for majority leader amid a Republican House reorganization.
Scalise held a conference call with supporters Sunday where he said he has gained support from more than half of the 247 GOP members of the House.
"I've been making calls all day. I haven't stopped working, and I know you haven't stopped working either," Scalise said, a source told The Hill. "In this race, the winning number has always been 124. A couple of days ago, we actually hit that number and we're continuing to add to it each day."
Scalise is running against Budget Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga., in the race for majority leader after outgoing Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announced his intent to run for Speaker of the House, as Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, recently announced his coming resignation.
A closed-door vote for majority leader is expected to be held Thursday. A spokesman for Boehner told The Washington Post that no changes have been made to the election schedule.
Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz joined the race to become Speaker of the House on Sunday after the front-runner, California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, received criticism over recent comments on the Benghazi investigation.