Top House tapped Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) for the chairmanship of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday evening, an aide told HuffPost, effectively ending a surprisingly competitive race for the chief foreign policy job in the lower chamber that highlighted shifts in thinking on global affairs within the party.

Meeks is running against Reps. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) and Brad Sherman (D-Calif.). The full Democratic caucus will choose the ultimate winner on Thursday, but the recommendation from the Democratic steering and policy committee is an important and often decisive signal for party members. Meeks comfortably , securing from committee members compared to 13 for Castro and 10 for Sherman.

The chairmanship role opened up after the current chairman, Rep. Eliot

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