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Nancy Pelosi Wins Re-Election As House Democratic Leader

Nancy Pelosi Wins Re-Election As House Democratic Leader

Ryan argued Democrats lost blue-collar, Rust Belt areas like his congressional district to Donald Trump because they didn't focus enough on the economy and said his effort will help reshape the party's message.

He is not alone in his worries about Pelosi's leadership, receiving support from about one-third of the House Democratic Caucus during their secret ballot voting earlier in the day. After the vote, she addressed the caucus again but sources said she did not mention Ryan's name.

Some Democrats also grumbled that Pelosi refused to make the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee an elected position, instead installing Rep. Democrats gained six House seats in the election, which was less than expected.

Her resounding win is likely to quell some of the unrest among the rank-and-file.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, who's been in Congress since just 2013 but is close with Pelosi and was nominated by her for a leadership role, said it would be "an all-hands-on-deck operation going forward".

The California lawmaker, who has led the party since 2002, turned back a challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan.

"We talk more about free-range chickens than we do working people on the Democratic side sometimes", Representative Stephen Lynch of MA said before the vote.

"No single person deserves more credit for House Republicans' historic majority than Nancy Pelosi", said NRCC Communications Director Katie Martin.

The seven-term lawmaker Ryan, 43, had drawn support from Democrats discouraged by their party's loss in the November 8 presidential election and their failure to gain back many seats in Congress.

House Democrats re-elected Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday to lead their caucus after a two-week internal fight over the future of the party and whether they needed new leadership following bruising losses in the 2016 election.

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan failed today in his bid to defeat Nancy Pelosi for House minority leader.

"But this is a time when we need, I think, someone who has been battle-tested", he told reporters.

"My heart is broken that we didn't win the White House this time", she said.

The La Crosse Democrat represents western Wisconsin.

Many seasoned party representatives have voiced their concerns that the Democratic Party have grown out of touch with middle and working class voters. Numerous seats Democrats were unable to win back also came in more working class, rural areas of those states.

Pelosi has led Democrats in the House since 2003.

There was a moment this week when what appeared to be a challenge to the leadership standing of South Carolina's Rep. Jim Clyburn could have turned nasty.

But Cleaver was very impressed by Tim Ryan, the OH representative who challenged Pelosi for the post.