WASHINGTON (AP) – When Nancy Pelosi travels from her home in San Francisco to her job in Washington as House Democratic leader, she flies over millions of voters whom Democrats relied on for decades but who rejected the party this year.
The election results produced party grumbling that the 76-year-old California liberal may not be the best messenger to lead those once core Democratic voters back into the fold.
Despite the discontent, Pelosi is a survivor, who enjoys enormous respect and goodwill among most Democrats. She has managed to maintain unity within the diverse flock of House Democrats and is an unparalleled fundraiser for them, collecting more than $100 million in the past cycle alone.
In announcing her candidacy, she declared she had the votes with the backing of two-thirds of her caucus.
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