If Democrats keep control of the chamber, they may have a much more narrow majority, and moderates think they will have more leverage to pressure Pelosi toward the middle. Although unlikely, moderates could team up with Republicans and create enough of a coalition to oppose Pelosi for Speaker and nominate someone else when the House reorganizes next year.Roll Call polled at least ten moderate Democrats, including Reps. Bobby Bright (Ala.), Jim Marshall (Ga.), Gene Taylor (Miss.) and Walt Minnick (Idaho), all of whom refused to publicly endorse Pelosi for a vote. Surprise, surprise -- Bright, Marshall, and Minnick are all in dangerously close re-election contests, and Marshall's district is so red that he can't even say the word "Democrat" lest he actually be confused with a member of his own party.
Vulnerable Members from conservative-leaning districts would rather “not have to answer the Pelosi question,” a former Blue Dog Coalition aide said.
Pelosi has long held a powerful grip on her Caucus, but her influence has taken a hit in recent months, particularly as Democratic prospects for November have worsened. Even so, no Democrat has talked about challenging her.
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