As more Democratic candidates say they will not support keeping Nancy Pelosi as Democratic leader next year, President Donald Trump is urging them to reconsider. All but one of them occurred in heavily Republican territory.
A speaker's race would be a different animal, however, because not only would Pelosi need majority support from the House Democratic Caucus, she would need a majority of the House to vote to elect her speaker on the floor.
The 2016 loss was particularly troubling for House Democrats, and anti-Pelosi fervor within the party grew. Election handicappers see Democrats as having a good chance of taking back the House in November's midterms.
In an interview on CNN's "New Day" on Thursday, Michigan congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib said she would be unlikely to vote for Nancy Pelosi for speaker if Democrats retake the House.
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That leaves the party confident that its voters are more excited ahead of the November midterms and that Democrats have an advantage with independents.
Republicans are actively seeking to tie Democratic candidates to Pelosi, who has been a polarizing figure for more than a decade.
"Other than that, she doesn't bring anything positive to the Democratic ticket", he said. Democrats' enthusiasm gap made numerous margins much closer than expected.
"I'm certainly on the keep Pelosi bandwagon", Republican pollster Jim Hobart told host Joe Concha before adding that he believed his party had become too reliant on attacks on the long-serving Democratic leader.