One Third of House Democrats Vote Against Nancy Pelosi in Leadership Election

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By Andrew Stiles | 12:15 pm, November 30, 2016

House Democrats voted Wednesday to reelect Nancy Pelosi as minority leader, but nearly a third of the caucus voted against her.

Pelosi won 134 votes, fending off a challenge from Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, who received 63 votes.

Ryan, 43, had challenged Pelosi, 77, on the grounds that the California congresswoman was ill-suited to lead the Democratic Party into the future following an embarrassing loss to Donald Trump in the presidential election.

Ryan argued that new leadership was needed to improve the party’s reach beyond the coastal enclaves of New York City and Pelosi’s hometown of San Francisco. Trump’s victory was fueled in large part by a surge in support among white working-class voters in the Midwest.

“We’ve got to have someone who cannot just go on MSNBC, but go on Fox and Fox Business and CNBC, and go into union halls and fish fries and churches all over the country and start a brush fire about what a new Democratic Party looks like,” Ryan said on Fox News Sunday.

The congressman had also accused Pelosi of opposing necessary reforms to the party apparatus in order to “consolidate her power” within the caucus ahead of the leadership election, a claim Pelosi dismissed as “pathetic.”

House Republicans trolled their opposition prior to the vote by pretending to support Pelosi in order to ensure the “irrelevance” of House Democrats. Pelosi fired back at the GOP by tweeting a Beyonce GIF alongside the hashtag #StandWithNancy.

Pelosi’s tweet was awfully reminiscent of a recent Onion headline poking fun at Democratic efforts to “reconnect with working-class Americans.”

Republicans seemed pleased by the outcome.