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Pelosi May Not Be Speaker After All

To get the post again, she'll have to fend off a revolt among House Democrats
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2018 11:05 AM CST
Updated Nov 15, 2018 1:48 PM CST
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 7, 2018.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – Nancy Pelosi hopes to be House speaker again, and the first big step happened on election night when Democrats reclaimed control of the chamber. The second step, however, is no gimme. Pelosi now has to fend off a revolt among Democrats who say it's time the 78-year-old relinquished her leadership post. As things stand now, the numbers stacked up against Pelosi look daunting. Details:

  • The math: Pelosi needs 218 votes to become speaker, and Democrats won 228 House races and lead in five more uncalled races, per the Wall Street Journal. The problem? A dozen Democratic incumbents, 10 incoming freshmen, and four leading still-uncalled races have said they won't support her. If she loses those 26 votes, and all Republicans vote against her, Pelosi would fall short. The vote is Jan. 3.
  • The foes: So far, 17 of those opposed to Pelosi have signed a letter pledging to not support her, and HuffPost has the list. (The first name is Tim Ryan of Ohio, a regular Pelosi critic.) Those behind the letter plan to release it after more pledge their support.

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