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Why Nancy Pelosi’s Future Speakership May Be in Trouble

NTK Network breaks down the math on Pelosi’s speakership play as the dust continues to settle on the 2018 midterms.

By NTK Staff | 11.07.2018 @2:30pm
Why Nancy Pelosi’s Future Speakership May Be in Trouble

With the 2018 midterms in the rear-view mirror, attention in Washington, D.C. is shifting to leadership races in Congress. Democrats won control of the House on Tuesday, meaning they will have the opportunity to elect a new speaker of the House.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is widely viewed as the Democrats’ top choice for the role (one she held previously until Republicans took back control of the House in 2010). But Pelosi will need 218 votes to take back the speaker’s gavel, and that may not be as easy as it sounds.

Thirty-seven Democrats in the DCCC’s “Red to Blue” program disavowed Pelosi and said they would not support her for speaker. According to the Cook Political Report’s Dave Wasserman, 10 of those Democrats won Tuesday night, and another five are in races that are “too close to call.”

In total, that could give the anti-Pelosi coalition 15 members. According to Wasserman, Democrats “could wind up [with] only a dozen seats over 218.” If Democrats end up with just 230 House members, and 15 of those members have pledged to oppose Pelosi, she will be short of the 218 votes she needs to be speaker.

Those numbers don’t include other Democrats who have opposed Pelosi in the past. After the 2016 election, 63 Democrats voted against Pelosi for minority leader within her caucus. How many of those Democrats oppose Pelosi this time around may have a serious impact on her potential to become speaker again.

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