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Nebraska U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (right) appears with then-Iowa Republican senatorial candidate Joni Ernst (left) and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at a rally for Ernst in West Des Moines, Iowa, in 2014.

Sen. Deb Fischer on Wednesday lost her bid for a Republican Senate leadership position after a GOP caucus contest with Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa.

The election of the new vice chairperson of the Senate Republican Conference marked the first time a woman has been elected to a Senate GOP leadership position since 2010.

In an analysis of the vote, the inside-Washington online publication The Hill stated: "Senate Republicans saw Ernst as someone who might be a better communicator for the conference on television, while Fischer garnered praise as someone who worked diligently behind the scenes to build relationships with members of GOP leadership."

Fischer already serves as an informal counselor on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's leadership team, The Hill noted.

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"Senator Fischer looks forward to continuing her work to support the Senate Republican Conference," her Senate office stated.

Sen. Ben Sasse cast his vote in support of Fischer, his Nebraska colleague. 

Fischer was re-elected to a second six-year term by Nebraska voters last week. Ernst is in her first term.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7248 or dwalton@journalstar.com.

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Don Walton, a Husker and Yankee fan, is a longtime Journal Star political and government reporter.

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