(ROLL CALL) Wisconsin Republican Paul D. Ryan’s re-election Tuesday as speaker of the House came as no surprise. What did was that he received fewer defections from members of his often divided party than Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California did from hers.
Ryan was elected speaker for the 2017-2018 congressional term with 239 Republican votes. Pelosi received 189 Democratic votes. One Republican did not vote for Ryan, while four Democrats did not vote for Pelosi.
Pelosi losing four votes does not signal a rift in the Democratic caucus the way past speaker votes have highlighted the divide between far-right conservatives and other House Republicans. But the vote does show the GOP becoming more united after their sweep of the November elections, while chinks start to form in the Democratic caucus.
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