Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi might not be the lock for majority leader that many had supposed her to be.
The former majority leader turned minority leader has been referred to as the likely new majority leaders, since Democrats took control of the House of Representatives, in Tuesday’s midterm elections.
However, the New York Post reported that multiple Democratic have stated that they do not support the aging leader for the new Congress.
“Democratic Reps. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado, Kathleen Rice of New York, Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, Bill Foster of Illinois, Tim Ryan of Ohio, Filemon Vela of Texas, Kurt Schrader of Oregon and Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania all said they were in the anti-Pelosi camp,” the Post reported.
“The campaigns of Reps.-elect Abigail Spanberger and Jason Crow have also said they will not vote for the California Democrat as House speaker.”
Pelosi, however, has a long history of leadership in the DNC, with 16 years of leadership in the Democratic caucus, and she was the first female speaker of the House of Representatives when she was elected to that position in 2007.
In order to secure the coveted third in line for the presidency position, a leader needs 218 votes from her fellow representatives.
Since Democrats have a 225 majority, over Republicans who have 200 seats, with 10 races yet decided, Pelosi is still confident that she will be elected.
Pelosi told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Thursday that she has no concerns about her position in the upcoming term.
“Total. A hundred percent. A hundred percent, yeah,” Pelosi said when asked about her level of confidence that she will become speaker.
“I didn’t ask anybody for support, because I was too busy winning an election and I didn’t think it was appropriate to ask members or candidates then,” she said.
When asked how she might deal with “unusual opposition,” Pelosi responded: “If I do, that’s politics…this is not a day at the beach. This is politics.”
View Pelosi’s full interview below.