A full House floor vote for the speakership will take place in January, and Pelosi is poised to remain in the top leadership post for House Democrats.
Pelosi did not address whether the next Congress will be her last term as speaker in her speech to her caucus during leadership elections, according to a source who heard her remarks. She pledged in 2019 that she would only serve four more years as speaker, meaning the next Congress would be her last.
Top House Democrats had confidently predicted they would expand their majority only to instead see a number of incumbents ousted by Republicans, who are now emboldened and on the offensive, though they are still in the minority.
Those Democratic losses have sparked tense infighting among moderates and progressives with both factions of the party pointing fingers and casting blame. That rift, and a smaller majority, may create new…