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Tags: Nancy Pelosi | House | Speaker

Politico: Nancy Pelosi Could Become Speaker If Democrats Capture House

Politico: Nancy Pelosi Could Become Speaker If Democrats Capture House

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By    |   Monday, 17 October 2016 09:04 AM

Amid unrest in the Republican camp, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi believes that her party has strong chances of gaining the majority in the House.

The possibility of Pelosi, a California Democrat, returning as speaker after a six-year break is a possibility with the GOP being dragged down following Trump's recent controversial comments on women, Politico reported.

Experts on both sides of the aisle think that such a feat  could perhaps happen in January if Pelosi, 76, takes charge, according to Politico.

After Democrats lost 63 seats in 2010, many wrote off  Pelosi saying she should retire. But the California lawmaker stayed on. Though the Democrats won seats in 2012 as President Barack Obama was reelected, they were ousted in 2014.

House Republicans, on the other hand, celebrated their biggest majority in 80 years then.

It's not been easy for Pelosi, who saw Paul Ryan take over the House after John Boehner resigned last year.

For Pelosi, the rise of Trump in the Republican Party just may be the light at the end of the tunnel, and while no one agreed with her at first, she may now be right..   

Things look different for Democrats now, notes Politico. "It's no longer, 'Can we fight to win the House?'" House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra of California was quoted as saying. "It's, 'Can [Republicans] fight to keep from losing the House?'"

Pelosi also wrote to Democrats on Friday afternoon asking about a suitable time for holding leadership elections in November. The note added: "Happily, we anticipate a large freshman class," according to Politico.

With Pelosi as Speaker, Chuck Schumer of New York as Majority Leader and President Hillary Clinton, the Democrats are positive about their agenda.

The outcome though will depend on how well Clinton fares and how much money Republican-leaning interest groups pour into the races to help GOP candidates.

"I think it will be a single-digit difference," Pelosi said. "They'll be ahead by some. We'll be ahead by some, but it is definitely within reach."

However, their emotions are in check. "Leader Pelosi is singularly focused on Election Day," spokesman Drew Hammill told Politico.

Democrats need to gain 30 seats to take charge of the House.

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