AMERICA: Pelosi Wins Re-election In Tight Margin

The United States House of Representatives has narrowly re-elected Nancy Pelosi as speaker, after the California Democrat received 216 votes.

The result was announced and greeted with fanfare at 4:49 p.m. by the House Clerk, Cheryl Johnson, who declared Pelosi “duly elected” speaker at 4:50 p.m. Pelosi stood at the Democratic leadership desk as her colleagues applauded her achievement.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader, won unanimous support from the Republican Conference – garnering 209 votes on the floor.

This will be Pelosi’s 4th (non-consecutive) term as speaker. She’s also the third speaker in the last 25 years to win with less than 218 votes, next to Newt Gingrich and Paul Ryan.

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Pelosi, 80, who has led House Democrats since 2003 and is the only woman to ever serve as speaker, hasn’t faced down a rebellion in her ranks like she did two years ago, when 15 Democrats voted against her on the House floor after unsuccessfully trying to recruit a challenger.