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Pelosi Expected to Win Democratic Leadership Vote Wednesday

Despite Pelosi's all but imminent victory, anti-Pelosi Democrats are still expected to fight her nomination on the House floor in January.

By NTK Staff | 11.28.2018 @9:30am
Pelosi Expected to Win Democratic Leadership Vote Wednesday

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is expected to easily win the House Democratic Caucus’ nomination for speaker during the closed-door leadership election on Wednesday at 10 a.m. EST.

Pelosi’s impending victory comes despite a number of House Democrats vocally opposing her bid, calling for a new generation of leadership in the Democratic caucus.

However, several of those “Never Pelosi” Democrats have flip-flopped on their opposition to the long-time Democrat leader in recent days.

Despite vocal opposition from a relatively small number of Democrats, the anti-Pelosi coalition was never able to find a viable alternative to run against her.

Pelosi will only need to win a majority of the votes in the Democratic Caucus on Wednesday to gain her caucus’s nomination.

Despite Pelosi’s all but imminent victory on Tuesday, it doesn’t necessarily mean that Pelosi will be the next speaker. The California Democrat will still need to secure the 218 votes necessary in the full House vote in January to become speaker.

Reuters reported on the anti-Pelosi Democrats’ strategy going forward on Wednesday:

“Pelosi critic Representative Kathleen Rice said on Tuesday that while the rebels could not stop Pelosi from getting the Democratic caucus’ nomination for speaker at a closed-door party meeting on Wednesday, they could block her election on Jan. 3 when Pelosi must win a majority of the whole House, both Republicans and Democrats, to become speaker.”

“We know what’s going to happen tomorrow. The issue is still going to be whether she can get the votes on the floor. And the votes just aren’t there,” Rice said according to Reuters.

Both Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and James Clyburn (D-SC) are expected “to maintain their same rank in the new Democrat-led Congress, keeping in place a Democratic leadership team that has been in power for years,” according to CNN.

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