House Democrats delay leadership elections and decision to reinstall Pelosi

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U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds a weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX21G33

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds a weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON — House Democrats have decided to delay their leadership elections and the decision on whether to keep Nancy Pelosi as their leader.

Elections had been scheduled for Thursday, but now will occur on Nov. 30.

Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts said the caucus had decided to delay.

At issue is whether to reinstall Pelosi or opt for a new leader.

Democrats gained seats in last Tuesday’s election but not as many as initially expected, and Republicans will hold the Senate and the presidency.

More than two dozen House Democrats wrote Pelosi this week asking her to delay the elections, saying it is “vital that our caucus take the time to listen to the American people and learn the lessons of this difficult election.”

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