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Colorado’s US House Democrats split on support for Pelosi as speaker

Author: 9News - November 16, 2018 - Updated: November 16, 2018

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U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Arvada, says he will not vote for U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as speaker of the House. (KUSA-9News, Denver)

By Jacob Rodriguez, 9News

Colorado’s Democratic U.S. House delegation is split on its support for Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s bid to become the next speaker of the House.

Reps. Ed Perlmutter and Jason Crow have confirmed to 9News they will not support Pelosi. But Rep. Diana DeGette has said she will.

9News has reached out to but has not heard back from Rep. Joseph Neguse on whether or not he’ll support the longtime California congresswoman as speaker.

Neguse was asked that question earlier this week by a Boston Globe reporter. His answer? “I just got to Washington yesterday. I’m just learning as I go.”

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A congressperson needs 218 votes to become speaker. According to mational news reports, Pelosi, 78, says she believes she has the votes to become the next speaker of the House, taking over for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) after Democrats regained control of the house in the 2018 midterms.

The earliest a vote on speaker can happen in the House is Nov. 28.

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