After high-profile losses, some Democrats seek change at the top

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During her weekly press briefing on Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that Republican attacks on her are really about attacking her district encompassing the city of San Francisco. "My leadership is recognized by many around the country". The "cloud" of a Russian Federation investigation and potential obstruction of justice investigation into President Trump could get a whole lot darker - or evaporate.

On Thursday, Trump jumped into the political fray, taking a swipe at Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer in a tweet.

That tactic clearly paid off. Handel was able to defeat Ossoff by almost four points, despite Ossoff's historic fundraising numbers and the additional millions infused into the race by the national Democratic party.

Pelosi's leadership seat is likely safe for now, but if Democrats fail to win back the House in 2018, she will also fail to remain caucus leader.

Republican Ralph Norman defeated Archie Parnell in Tuesday's special election for South Carolina's 5th congressional district, and in Georgia, Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in the most expensive House race in history.

The frustrated Democrats met in Rice's office a day earlier to discuss their options as they face long odds of knocking out the woman who has led the Democratic caucus for almost 15 years from minority to majority and back, raised tens of millions of dollars and has had multiple legislative successes. Democrats have been overperforming in those races by historical margins.

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Ryan described Ossoff as a "great" candidate who simply "couldn't carry the national baggage of the Democratic Party", The Hill reported.

The president wrote Thursday: "I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out".

"I worry sometimes that we get so obsessed and angered by Donald Trump, which is OK, but you can't hold on to it because it takes your eye off the ball", Ryan said. "That would be very bad for the Republican Party - and please let Cryin' Chuck stay!" Republicans "don't want to go there, they want to go to San Francisco and a cable auto".

The minority leader is elected during a behind-closed-doors vote by members of that particular party, with Pelosi last winning in November, 134-63 over Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan. "Do you think people went to the polls and said, 'Oh my God, we've got to stop Nancy Pelosi?' I don't think so", said Rep. John Larson, D-Conn.

She said Democrats had an opportunity to put in some new leadership after the disastrous 2016 election. 'I believe she is not the leader for the future of the Democratic Party.

"I feel very confident in the support that I have in my caucus", she said. Plus, in a year and a half, she'll have the added baggage of a congressional voting record.

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