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Nancy Pelosi re-elected speaker of the House. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez caved, but a dozen Dems still voted against her.


San Fran Nan gets the gavel — again

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California Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi reclaimed her former post as speaker of the House of Representatives on Thursday as the 116th Congress got underway.

But it wasn't all sweetness and light for the San Francisco liberal. A dozen Democrats refused to vote for her.

Which Democrats voted against her?

With 431 members present and voting, Pelosi needed 216 votes to secure the speakership. She received 220 votes. There were 12 Democrats who voted for someone else, according to CNN. Here's who else received votes from Democratic congressmen and who backed them:

  • Stacy Abrams, failed Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate: Backed by Kathleen Rice (N.Y.)
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden: Backed by Rep. Anthony Brindisi (N.Y.)
  • Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.): Backed by Reps. Jared Golden (Maine), Joe Cunningham (S.C.), Abigail Spanberger (Va.), and Mikie Sherrill (N.J.)
  • Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.): Backed by Reps. Jason Crow (Colo.) and Max Rose (N.Y.)
  • Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio): Backed by Rep. Kurt Schrader (Ore.)
  • Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.): Backed by Rep. Conor Lamb (Pa.)
  • Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.): Backed by Ron Kind (Wis.)
  • Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.): Backed by Rep. Ben McAdams (Utah)

Notably not on the list of those who rebelled against Pelosi was Democratic socialist darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York's newest far-left representative.

Ocasio-Cortez has long been a critic of the so-called "establishment" leadership in Washington, D.C., and even went so far as to lead a protest in Pelosi's office just days after the 2018 election.

When Ocasio-Cortez cast her vote for Pelosi on the House floor Thursday afternoon, she was mocked by Republicans and cheered by Democrats.

What else?

Pelosi, 78, previously served as speaker from 2007-2011. She is the first woman House speaker in U.S. history and the first speaker in more than 60 years to reclaim the post of speaker, the New York Times reported.

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