Monday, January 2, 2017

Pelosi may see more defections than Ryan in Speaker vote

At The Hill by M Lillis, Scott Wong  --  

It’s one of Washington’s favorite parlor games: guessing how many defections the House Speaker will face on the floor at the start of the new Congress.

But this year offers a twist.

Donald Trump’s stunning victory over Hillary Clinton has helped unite the usual warring factions of the Republican Party while sowing deep divisions among shell-shocked Democrats who are still asking themselves how things went so horribly wrong.

It means that Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will likely limit GOP defections to just a handful and comfortably cruise to reelection as the top leader in the House on Tuesday.

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