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John Boehner re-elected as House speaker

John Boehner was re-elected to a second term as speaker of the Republican-led House, despite recent miscues.

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Rep. John Boehner of Ohio gives a thumbs-up as he walks on the floor of the House of Representatives on Jan. 3, 2013, during the opening session of the 113th US Congress. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

John Boehner was re-elected as speaker of the GOP-led House Thursday, despite recent infighting in the Republican Party. 

The Ohio native beat out House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in a 220-192 vote for his second term in the post, USA Today and other media reported.

"Honored to have been elected by my colleagues to continue serving as Speaker of the House for the 113th Congress," Boehner tweeted shortly after the vote.

The Ohio congressman told CNN he was confident he'd be re-elected, a sentinment echoed by other House GOP leaders. But some Republicans voted against him amid signs his authority within the party is shrinking.

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Several GOP lawmakers nominated Rep. Eric Cantor, while others went a less serious route, with Rep. Paul Broun voting for Allen West -- who lost his seat last year, according to Slate.

Boehner recently faced blistering criticism from more conservative members of his party for supporting the fiscal cliff deal orchestrated by the White House and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Boehner's own negotiations with President Barack Obama failed, and his proposed "Plan B" did not receive enough votes to pass the House.

Boehner was also taken to task by Republican Gov. Chris Christie and others for adjourning Jan. 1 without voting on $60 billion in relief funds for victims of superstorm Sandy.

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"In our hour of desperate need, we've been left waiting for help six times longer than the victims of Katrina with no end in sight," Christie said, according to ABC News. "Sixty-six days and counting, shame on you. Shame on Congress."

Boehner also made headlines recently for telling Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "Go f*ck yourself" as the two men crossed paths outside the Oval Office late last week — some say bringing civility in DC to a new low.

Public approval ratings of Boehner have fallen to 29 percent, compared with 54 percent for President Obama, according to a recent Gallup poll.

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