Sixteen House Democrats oppose Pelosi, offer no rival

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Our majority came on the backs of candidates who said that they would suport new leadership because voters in hard-won districts, and across the country, want to see real change in Washington. "We promised to change the status quo, and we intend to deliver on that promise", said the statement. This could signal one of two things: that Fudge felt her signature was unnecessary given her potential candidacy, or that she is leaving room to cut her own deal with Pelosi in the weeks leading up to January's floor vote.

That means Pelosi could lose as many as 15 Democratic votes when she stands for election as speaker on January 3.

That poses a threat to Nancy Pelosi's effort to become speaker. She has made clear that she has no intention of abandoning her bid and said she is "100 percent" confident she will win.

Pelosi ally Jan Schakowsky of IL says she understands the freshmen's nervousness.

Fudge's office has not responded to a request for comment, but after Fudge met with Pelosi last week, it's possible the minority leader won her over.

Though some members say they're considering a challenge to Pelosi, none have stepped forward as a candidate. They will have a majority of at least 232 seats in the House, and 233 if Democrat Anthony Brindisi's narrow lead over Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) holds and they don't win the other two outstanding races where they trail.

Those opposing Pelosi's candidacy say that this type of whip operation is exactly why they need new leadership, arguing that the new members who campaigned against her are now finding themselves pressured to cast a vote that could ultimately cost them reelection.

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It's notable that those Democrats ― all incoming freshman with the exception of Lamb ― didn't sign the long-touted letter.

Fudge, a former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, sat down for an interview with the Washington Post last Thursday, where she said she's been "overwhelmed" by all the support from some of her Democratic colleagues.

And what was remarkable to me is, I went and I looked at the vote share, how much - what percentage of the vote Donald Trump got in those districts in 2016 and compared it to how Republicans candidates did in 2018, and that they're nearly identical.

Sixteen current and incoming members - including Moulton and fellow Bay State Rep. Stephen Lynch - committed to "voting for new leadership" in the speaker's race. She raises a lot of money from a lot of other wealthy people. That margin could shift, though, if lawmakers are absent or simply vote "present", which reduces the threshold.

Notably absent from the letter is Ohio Rep.

"What counts is the vote and Jared, he's not equivocating at all", he said.

"Right now she's the only person who's running, so it would appear as though that's where my vote would go", said Rep. -elect Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania, on CBS.

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