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Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar is set to win re-election in a South Texas House race

Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar is set to win re-election in a South Texas House race

Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar is set to win re-election in a South Texas House race

Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar is set to win re-election in a South Texas House race
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks before a meeting at the US Capitol on October 25. (Francis Chung/E&E News/Politico/AP)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won re-election, CNN projects, defeating her GOP opponent in the midterm race.

Pelosi, a towering figure in Democratic politics, defeated longtime Republican challenger John Dennis in the race for California’s 11th congressional district.

Over the years, Pelosi, 82, has become one of the most prominent figures in the Democratic Party. As a speaker, she has earned a reputation as a powerful and powerful House Democratic leader who wields considerable influence and has a firm grip on members of her caucus.

Pelosi has also been a staunch opponent of Republicans and has become a highly polarizing figure in Washington.

Speculation about Pelosi’s future at the top of the House Democratic caucus intensified as the midterms approached and Republicans battled to regain the House majority.

CNN reported in September that in interviews with more than two dozen House Democrats, a consensus began to emerge: If they lose the majority, there would be enormous pressure for Pelosi to leave, a prospect Democratic sources said the powerful House speaker is keenly aware of.

At the same time, several members said they are also beginning to realize that if Democrats retain control, it could lead to Pelosi extending her time in office. Still, Democrats are split on the possibility, with a sizable contingent eager for a new leader regardless of the outcome, even if she would be the heavy favorite to hold the gavel.



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