Most Democrats declared Tuesday that Nancy Pelosi will be elected overwhelmingly by her party this week to run for another term as House speaker in January, but the California Democrat may face a mini-rebellion from a group of swing-district lawmakers unhappy with a slate of election losses and a leftward shift in messaging.
“I’m, right now, very passionately undecided,” Rep. Dean Phillips, a Minnesota Democrat, told the Washington Examiner.
Democrats have lost a net of eight seats so far, and several outstanding races favor GOP candidates. Republicans have flipped a dozen seats held by Democrats, all in swing districts.
The shrunken majority will leave Pelosi with almost no wiggle room on Jan. 3, when she must win 218 votes from the entire House in a vote the first week of January. She’ll get no GOP votes, so even a small group of opposing Democrats would derail her election to a fourth term with the gavel.