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Hotline Whip Count: House Minority Leader

November 12, 2010

The number of Democrats who oppose House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to become House Minority Leader in the next Congress continues to grow.

So far, most of the members who have voiced their opposition to Pelosi come from the conservative wing of the party. Most -- including Reps. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.), Dan Boren (D-Okla.), Tim Holden (D-Pa.), Jim Matheson (D-Utah), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Mike Ross (D-Ark.) -- are members of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition that saw its membership shrink by more than half in the midterms. Ross and Matheson, in fact, are poised to be among the members leading the Blue Dogs in the next Congress.

Some of these Democrats also only narrowly escaped the Republican wave this year. Altmire won with only 51 percent of the vote and Donnelly barely eked out a win with 48 percent of the vote. 

Others, however, aren't from the moderate wing of the party. Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), for example, are both liberal members of the caucus who cruised to re-election this year.

Opposing Nancy Pelosi For Minority Leader: 18
Jason Altmire (D-Pa.)
Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.)
John Barrow (D-Ga.)
Dan Boren (D-Okla.)
Kathy Castor (D-Fla.)
Jim Costa (D-Calif.)**
Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.)*
Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.)
Tim Holden (D-Pa.)
Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio)*
Larry Kissell (D-N.C.)
Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.)
Jim Matheson (D-Utah)
Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.)
Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.)
Mike Quigley (D-Ill.)
Mike Ross (D-Ark.)
Albio Sires (D-N.J.)

*DeFazio and Kaptur have called for postponing the leadership vote until December, which would give other members an opportunity to run for the post.

**Costa is currently locked in a too close to call race against Republican Andy Vidak.

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