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Pelosi defeats former Redskins QB Shuler for House Dem leader, 150-43

House Dems elect Pelosi as leader
By Mike Lillis and Russell Berman - 11/17/10 11:42 AM ET
Despite the party's drubbing in the midterm elections, Speaker Nancy Pelosi will remain the Democratic leader in the next Congress.

Members of the caucus voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to make Pelosi minority leader, brushing aside a challenge by Rep. Heath Shuler (N.C.), a Blue Dog Democrat who says Pelosi's controversial public image and low approval ratings are a liability to Democrats looking ahead to 2012.

The tally was 150-43.