WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Rep. James Clyburn says he’s seeking the No. 2 job in the House Democratic leadership, setting up a possible showdown with the current second in command, Steny Hoyer.

Clyburn of South Carolina made the announcement in a letter to his colleagues on Friday. He says the Democratic caucus is at a crossroads and he is a proven leader.

Clyburn is the House’s highest ranking African-American and his challenge sets up a contest with the current Democratic No. 2, Hoyer of Maryland.

House Democrats suffered some 60 losses in Tuesday’s election and lost their majority.

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