Nancy Pelosi is hurting Democrats at ballot box, Rep. Tim Ryan says

Republican Ralph Norman defeated Archie Parnell in Tuesday's special election for South Carolina's 5th congressional district, and in Georgia, Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in the most expensive House race in history.

Pelosi also responded to President Donald Trump's tweet that ousting her "would be very bad for the Republican Party".

"I feel very confident about the support that I have in my caucus", Pelosi said at a press conference in the Capitol after Republicans featured her in nearly every ad attacking Democrat Jon Ossoff in the Georgia congressional race which he lost Tuesday.

Or, Pelosi could announce prior to the midterms that she won't seek the leadership position again, as New York Rep. Kathleen Rice suggested to CNN Wednesday.

"They always want to choose our leaders", Pelosi said of Republicans criticizing her and others, such as former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

While Republicans have mocked Pelosi's leadership in the past - the Republican National Committee sarcastically endorsed Pelosi for minority leader a year ago - the party's successful strategy of linking Democratic congressional hopefuls to the unpopular minority leader has caused some Democrats to call for new leadership.

Meanwhile, in one of his first campaign moves, Joe Cunningham, a Democrat challenging Mark Sanford for a House seat in SC, spoke out against Pelosi the morning after the Georgia results came in.

A number of Democrats have renewed their calls for Pelosi to step down as minority leader and make room for new ― and younger ― voices. The two have repeatedly sparred, with Schumer most recently releasing a video parodying the president's praise-filled cabinet meeting.

She is the latest in a line of Republicans who have represented the Georgia 6th since 1979, beginning with Newt Gingrich, who would become House speaker.

Trump's tweet came amid criticism from some Democrats that Pelosi is becoming a drag on the party. She defended her relevance in a press conference stating that she's "worth the trouble". One of Trump's electoral strengths was that he is not Hillary Clinton, and Tuesday in Georgia the voters said they don't want a congressman who has been hanging out with Nancy Pelosi. She has beat back all comers, including last fall, when Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of OH ran against her. Ryan fell well short but garnered dozens of votes, enough to underscore dissatisfaction with Pelosi and with her aging leadership team that has left promising young Democrats with few places to rise.

The challenge for Democrats, as pointed in Politico's reporting, is that there are no viable candidates to challenge Pelosi and take over the leadership. "We don't agonize. We organize".

'I do not believe she is an out-of-touch San Francisco liberal, ' Rice replied.

And the real albatross in the race?

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