WASHINGTON – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi hinted Wednesday she believes she will be elected speaker.
“I think I’m the best person to go forward to unify, to negotiate,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at a news conference.
When asked about potential challengers, Pelosi said: “I think I’m the best person. And I’m not going to answer any more questions on that subject.”
Democrats won 222 seats during Tuesday’s mid-term elections. Two-hundred-and-eighteen seats constitute a majority. Republicans won 199 seats.
Fourteen races have yet to be called. Democrats are considered likely to expand their majority when all the votes are counted.
Republicans have controlled the House since 2011. Pelosi served as speaker during the preceding four years in which Democrats controlled the lower chamber.
Some Democrats have suggested that Pelosi, who is 78, should step aside and let younger members take the reins of party leadership.
However, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), challenged Pelosi’s leadership position in 2016 and was handily defeated. The then-43-year-old lawmaker did not even receive the support of a quarter of Democratic Caucus members.
It is unclear if Pelosi will face a leadership challenge this year.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) who is 79, announced today that he will run for majority leader.
As we celebrate a House Dem Majority, a great deal of work lies ahead. We need leadership that will fight on behalf of our deeply held values. That's why I'm running for Majority Leader, & I appreciate the support I’ve received from across the Dem Caucus. https://t.co/pSIxeImIsc
— Steny Hoyer (@WhipHoyer) November 7, 2018
The position is occupied by Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Calif.). McCarthy announced today that he will run for minority leader-the position Pelosi now holds.
House Freedom Caucus co-chair Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told The Hill this morning that he will challenge McCarthy.
CNN reported Republicans will hold leadership elections next Wednesday and Democrats will follow the week after the Thanksgiving recess.