Pelosi locks up Speaker nomination with overwhelming majority support of Democratic caucus
The race for Speaker of the House isn’t exactly over, but Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi just made a solid down payment on the 218 votes she will need to win it in January.
.@NancyPelosi is now the democratic nominee for Speaker by a vote of:203 yes – 32 no – 3 blanks and 1 absent
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) November 28, 2018
That’s a very solid showing after all the fuss over the increasingly shrinking group of insurgent Democrats who oppose her speakership. As Huffington Post reporter Jennifer Bendery noted, in 2016, Pelosi suffered 63 “Nay” votes when Rep. Tim Ryan challenged her bid to be Minority Leader. That means she just reduced the number of people who voted against her by half.
Pelosi has been jockeying for weeks to quell the insurrection being mounted against her by a small contingent of conservative Democrats. In the hours leading up to Wednesday’s vote, Pelosi continued that work, writes Politico:
She cut a deal with the Problems Solvers Caucus over rules changes, sealing support from nine Democratic members of the group who had threatened to vote against her.
And Pelosi met with three of her most vocal critics — Reps. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), and Tim Ryan (D-Ohio ) — in a bid to win over hardcore opponents.