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Labrador backer Amash asks Twitter for help with House GOP leader vote count

The insurgent campaign by Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) for House majority leader appears to be taking an unusual approach to its vote-counting operation: asking for crowd-sourced help on Twitter.

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), who supports Labrador, used Twitter to ask the folks out in internet-land to help him figure out how his Republican colleagues plan to vote:

There might be a clever ploy here: Every constituent inquiry to a given representative's office will effectively be a phone call asking him or her to support Labrador.

However, Labrador is widely considered to be a long shot, with not much of an organization to go up against Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the heavy favorite and current GOP whip. Notably, it was also revealed today that Labrador didn't yet have basic contact information for many of his House Republican colleagues, such as their direct cell phone numbers.