House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi swept aside a challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan Wednesday to win another term atop the Democratic Caucus, ensuring continuity for Democrats despite their poor performance on Election Day.
Pelosi beat Ryan in a 134-63 vote, securing the two-thirds support within the caucus she had claimed earlier this month before Ryan officially jumped in the race.
Pelosi faced criticism from multiple fronts in the run-up to the election, boosted by Ryan’s underdog challenge. Her resounding win is likely to quell some of the unrest among the rank-and-file. But tensions are still simmering behind the scenes, as members look ahead to another two years in the minority and Donald Trump moving into the White House.
Pelosi had vocal support from multiple lawmakers leading up to the election, who said her long-time tenure would be an asset heading into an unprecedented period in Washington. They also blamed the party’s poor election performance on the top of the ticket.
“Everything we care about [is] at risk,” California Rep. Adam Schiff said in his nominating speech for Pelosi. “We need the very best to lead us…No one is a better tactician than Nancy Pelosi.”
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