The House Democrats voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to appoint the representative. Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia's Alesandro PelosiL's plot surrounds Nancy Pelosi vote Democrats criticize Brady's new tax package Demy's new lawmaker announces new members support Pelosi PLUS (D-Calif.) To the presidency in a vote 203-32.
The result was not surprising despite the entrenched rebellion of insurgent lawmakers who want changes to the leadership of the Democratic Party. Pelosi was undisputed and had broad support in the Liberal caucus she had led since 2003.
The 32 votes against her were less than the 63 votes won in a minority leader contest in 2016 by Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanIntrigue surrounds Nancy Pelosi vote GM attracts Washington's anger with new layoffs Dems plays "Let's make a deal" with Nancy Pelosi MORE (D-Ohio), who ran against Pelosi at the time.
Even so, Pelosi is facing a tougher test the first week of January, when the Plenary Assembly meets to elect the President at a public ballot requiring a majority of members of the House of Representatives. vote.
Pelosi can not afford 32 Democratic votes against her during this competition, although she has weeks to convince some of her opponents to vote for her on the ground or to vote "present" – thus reducing the total number of voices necessary to victory.
Wednesday's vote was unanimous in the Longworth House Wharf Committee hearing room. The fact that there were written ballots was a testament to the unusual nature of this year's leadership election.
Pelosi has not been blamed for the appointment of the president at the upcoming convention, and such races are usually decided by unanimous consent. This year, however, the clamor for a protest vote – especially from new incentive students who had promised voters to oppose Pelosi – was strong enough for party leaders offer paper ballots with a simple "yes / no" option on whether or not Pelosi should be President.
Indeed, Pelosi herself gave the go-ahead to legislators to vote against her by closed ballot, in the belief that she could release them to vote "present" during the January 3 chamber vote, according to a Democratic legislator familiar with the debates.
"Pelosi has released some of its members so that they vote no in caucus and then they are present in the House," the legislator said Wednesday morning before the vote began.
representative Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RiceDems supports Pelosi as Chairman of the Commission by a double in a new ballot. Fudge approves Nancy Pelosi in a surprise initiative. The Hill & # 39; s Morning Report – Are Pelosi's Democratic Critics Going Too Far? MORE (D-N.Y.) Said that the rebel members had met Pelosi before the vote in order to "get him involved in a reasonable conversation about leadership transition" but had been rejected.
"Unfortunately, our concerns were rejected from the outset," she said in a statement.
representative Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonHoyer receives the support of the Chamber of Deputies before the leadership vote Hill's report Morning – The pressure is on Trump, the Republicans in Mississippi The Senate race in the Dems plays "Let's make a deal" with Nancy Pelosi MORE (D-Mass.), Who was also attending the meeting with Pelosi, said she was disappointed that no agreement was reached and hopes she will "invite us to the table for plan the future success of the Democratic Party ".
Lawmakers voted right after the announcement of an agreement between Pelosi and the problem-solving group regarding changes to be made to the rules aimed at strengthening the power of the basic legislators and ending the partisan dead ends.
Nine Democrats in the 48-member bipartite caucus were committed to denying their support to Pelosi – or any other presidential candidate – unless the candidate undertook in writing to make the changes.
At the closed meeting, Pelosi was officially appointed by the representative. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyOcasio-Cortez storms Washington, making headlines, but opposing some colleagues. Joe Kennedy III calls for the legalization of marijuana at the federal level. Warren congratulates the alumnus and researcher for his election to Congress. MORE III (D-Mass.). A number of other Democrats then turned to the caucus to express their support for the long-time leader, a list that included representatives. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSchiff "confident" – Pelosi is the ideal candidate for the post of President Schiff: Trump "dishonest with the American people" about the assassination of Khashoggi by the senator of the GOP: Trump's judgment on the assassination Khashoggi "inconsistent with the information" MORE (Calif.) And John lewisJohn Lewis – Five Things to Know About Ocasio-Cortez's "New Green Pact": EPA Official Resigns after Charging for Ethics Violation | Sanders will hold a climate general meeting | Zinke denounces "environmental radicals" against fires John Lewis joins Ocasio-Cortez to put pressure on climate change (Ga.), As well as elected representatives Angie Craig (Minnesota) and Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarMORE (Texas).
On Wednesday, Pelosi's husband, Paul Pelosi, had also arrived in the room.
representative Brian HigginsBrian HigginsIntrigue surrounds Nancy Pelosi vote According to a survey, most Americans and most women do not want Pelosi because President Dems plays "Let's make a deal with Nancy Pelosi" MORE (DN.Y.), who backed Nancy Pelosi last week after initially signing a letter opposing him, said it was positive for Democrats to hold a public debate on the direction that their party should take – and who should lead it.
"Democracy is a botched mess … There are many different points of view, even within the Democratic caucus.The ability to gather that is not clean and efficient all the time, and everyone put on the table what he's looking for, "Higgins told reporters. "Everyone here, the 435 deputies in the House, has a legislative tool, it's their vote."
The insurgents quickly won, noting that the 32 votes against Pelosi were enough to prevent him from winning a simple majority of the Plenary Assembly plenary in January, assuming that all members participate, and that No Republican crosses the aisles and no one votes "present".
Some races in the House are still too tight, but the Democrats seem to be in the process of holding 235 seats at the next Congress, which means that Pelosi could lose 17 Democrats in the House and win the title of President.
Pelosi's task by then will be to eliminate many of these detractors before the public vote.
Scott Wong contributed to this report, which was last updated at 16:05.