Pelosi wins over an­other vote in bid for speaker

The Modesto Bee - - News -

Demo­cratic Rep. Stephen Lynch, who had op­posed Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s bid for House speaker, re­versed course and an­nounced on Fri­day that he will sup­port her can­di­dacy.

It was a boost to Pelosi’s bid to re­gain the speaker’s gavel after eight years in the mi­nor­ity and a blow to the small band of Democrats who want to force a shake-up in the party’s top ranks.

A Wash­ing­ton Post tally counts 22 Democrats who are now openly op­posed to her, with an­other 18 dodg­ing ques­tions about their po­si­tions. She can af­ford to lose up to 17 Demo­cratic votes in the sched­uled Jan. 3 elec­tion.

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