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16 Percent Of House Dems Say They Won’t Back Pelosi For Speaker

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter

The odds that Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi becomes House speaker if Democrats take back the lower chamber in November is looking highly unlikely.

As of Tuesday, only 31 of the 193 House Democrats have publicly thrown their support behind Pelosi for speaker, amounting to roughly 16 percent of the total House Democratic conference. (RELATED: Another Democratic Candidate Comes Out Against Pelosi)

Pelosi isn’t getting the backing of the highest ranking members of the conference, either.

Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley of New York — the fourth highest ranking Democrat in the House — wouldn’t throw his weight behind House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for speaker should Democrats take back the House in November.

Crowley was widely expected to be a frontrunner for speaker if Democrats take back the lower chamber in November. The New York representative lost his district primary in June to first time, far-left Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer and Crowley were reportedly mapping out plans to take over for Pelosi in March if her position as minority leader was no longer politically feasible. (RELATED: Democrats Look For Nancy Pelosi’s Mantle)

House Democrats are ahead of Republicans 12 percentage points in the lead-up to the November midterm elections, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released July 25.

If the November midterm elections were held in July, 51 percent of voters say they would vote for a Democrat, compared to 39 percent that would vote for Republicans.

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