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House Democrats vote to keep Pelosi as leader

November 17, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Nancy Pelosi was elected on Wednesday to lead House Democrats as the minority leader, while Ohio Rep. John Boehner was re-elected to lead House Republicans.

Pelosi, the first female House speaker, defeated moderate Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina despite massive party losses in congressional elections. Democrats had lost at least 60 House seats on Nov. 2.

Many House Democrats defended Pelosi, who said the bad economy and high unemployment were the reasons for her party's election losses.

Boehner faced no opposition and will become speaker in the new Congress.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.