Pelosi secures re-election as House Speaker with 216 votes to 209 for Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who again will be the chamber’s minority leader.
To gain her victory, Pelosi had to overcome some Democratic grumbling about her longevity, a slim 222-211 edge over Republicans after November’s elections, and a handful of absences because of the coronavirus.
Per Fox News’ Chad Pergram: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who did not vote earlier when her name was called, votes for Pelosi.
There were two vacancies in the 435-member House, and whatever happens Democrats will have the smallest House majority in two decades.
Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, was the first to defect from his party, voting instead for Illinois Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth instead of Pelosi. Democrat Rep. Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania voted for House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y. To be re-elected Pelosi can afford to lose only a handful of Democratic votes.