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Effort to delay Nancy Pelosi leadership vote fails

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Posted: Nov 17, 2010 12:49 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker, Democrat, party leader, House of Representatives, Massachusetts, Rep. Barney Frank, WBRZ

WASHINGTON - Democratic critics of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have failed in their effort to postpone a vote on keeping her as the party's leader.

The California Democrat hopes to secure the job in a vote later Wednesday by Democrats who will be in the House next year.

Pelosi's mostly liberal allies were confident she would win then, particularly given the Democrats's 129-68 vote to proceed with the leadership election.

Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, a close ally of Pelosi's, predicted she would win overwhelmingly.

Pelosi was a lightning rod in the midterm elections for Republicans who portrayed her as a leftist out of touch with mainstream Americans.

Democrats lost more than 60 seats to Republicans in the Nov. 2 election.

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