Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Democratic leader beat back a challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, but the vote reflected significant discontent.

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.

Still, the loss of more than 60 members was a significant expression of discontent with the current leadership team. When Pelosi was challenged six years ago, 43 lawmakers voted for her opponent.

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