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Pelosi to Seek Reelection, Dems at Risk01/26 06:02

   House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday she will seek reelection, 
ending speculation that she would retire as Democrats face the threat of losing 
control of Congress in the 2022 midterms.

   LOS ANGELES (AP) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday she will 
seek reelection, ending speculation that she would retire as Democrats face the 
threat of losing control of Congress in the 2022 midterms.

   "While we have made progress, much more needs to be done to improve people's 
lives," the 81-year-old Pelosi said in an online video.

   "This election is crucial. Nothing less is at stake than our democracy," she 
added.

   By announcing she would seek a 19th term, Pelosi avoids becoming a lame duck 
in a year when Democrats are clinging to a fragile majority in the House and 
the party is under pressure to raise vast sums of money to defend control of 
Congress.

   Her decision to remain in the chamber follows announcements by 29 House 
Democrats that they won't seek reelection this year, compared to 13 Republicans 
as the GOP looks toward taking back the House.

   The party that controls the White House typically loses seats in Congress in 
midterm elections, and Democrats are defending both chambers at a time when 
President Joe Biden's approval rating has been slipping.

   "Our democracy is at risk because the assault on the truth, assault on the 
U.S. Capitol and the state-by-state assault on voting rights," she added.

   In the video, Pelosi never addresses if she intends to seek another term as 
the House's Democratic leader, if reelected.

   The San Francisco Democrat made history 15 years ago when she became the 
first female speaker of the House. She has served in Congress since 1987.

   Earlier this month in an interview with The Associated Press, Pelosi only 
hinted at another run, saying she "may" seek reelection.

   In a Twitter post, California Republican Kevin Kiley, a congressional 
candidate and state assemblyman, said Pelosi's announcement was "all the more 
reason we need Republicans in Congress who will fight."

   Pelosi will be a overwhelming favorite in her heavily Democratic district -- 
she won with 78% of the vote in 2020. But she's also running at a time when her 
hometown has been criticized for squalor and crime, including daytime shootings 
in tourist areas, widespread homelessness and smash-and-grab thefts at high-end 
stores.

 
 
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