Until the last moment, House Republican leaders thought they had lost the vote on the financial reform bill Wednesday.

House Republican Conference Chairman John A. Boehner looked grim as he dashed into an office off the House floor to huddle with Majority Leader Richard K. Armey, Majority Whip Tom DeLay, and other party leaders just before the final vote. About 20 minutes later, Rep. Boehner emerged and made a beeline back to the House chamber without answering reporters' questions.

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