NBC News reports:
Nancy Pelosi has been chosen by House Democrats to lead them in the new Congress, but she still faces a showdown vote for House speaker when lawmakers convene in January.
Pelosi ran unopposed as the nominee for speaker in a closed-door Democratic caucus election Wednesday despite unrest from those clamoring for new leadership.
The California Democrat faces tougher math in January, when she’ll need 218 votes, the majority of the full House, to be elected speaker. House Democrats are taking control with at least a 233-vote majority, but some Democrats have pledged that they won’t back Pelosi for speaker.
Rep. Kathleen Rice: “Moments ago we met with Leader Pelosi and tried to engage her in a reasonable conversation about leadership transition. Unfortunately, our concerns were dismissed outright. We remain united behind our goal of new leadership“ and will vote against her on floor
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) November 28, 2018
Big smiles as Nancy Pelosi emerges from House Caucus vote on speakership. pic.twitter.com/5P32uk4Q6M
— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) November 28, 2018
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 28, 2018
Nancy Pelosi on speaker votes: “I’m talking about scores of members of Congress who just gave me a vote, are giving me a vote of confidence. That is where our focus is. Are there dissenters? Yes, but I expect to have a powerful vote as we go forward” https://t.co/7w2bByxhQJ pic.twitter.com/rlzVt2L3lf
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) November 28, 2018