Nancy Pelosi to stay as Democratic House Leader

WASHINGTON

The news comes despite Democrats failing to gain the 25 seats needed to win the House majority.

The 72-year-old California Democrat raised millions in an effort to regain control of the House for her party, but came up well short.

"My colleagues made it very clear: 'Don't even think of leaving,'" Pelosi said at a news conference. "I have made a decision to submit my name to my colleagues to once again serve as the House Democratic leader."

Pelosi's quarter-century of service in Congress representing a San Francisco area district in the House includes becoming the first woman in history to serve as speaker.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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