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Pelosi allies have pushed back at the blame game, and pointed to the improvement Democrats had in other special elections in Kansas, Montana and SC as evidence that their efforts to harness the resistance against Trump was working. She referenced that the GOP spent millions of dollars promoting House Speaker Paul Ryan since he was on the 2012 ticket as the vice presidential ticket and "I have a hundred million or so spent against me and his numbers are no better than mine".

Democratic leadership trotted out the talking points about Georgia being a Republican seat and that the win was still a defeat for Trump because it was close.

They explain their totals includes money raised for the party not directly controlled by her committees.

The Democratic Party has also suffered losses because of its disappearing union base, and there are more problems coming, said Ryan.

"The Democratic Party has a toxic brand, one that is worse than Donald Trump's in many parts of the country", Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), who once unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi as leader, said in a posting on Medium.

Other Democratic leaders echoed his sentiment. Second-in-command Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., is 78, and number three Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., is 76.

"It should be a wake-up call for Democrats". His 2015-16 giving was well behind Pelosi previous year, at $592,500. "They're winning. So we have to address that reality". "There are still a lot of races we've got to win", Stivers told reporters.

But it's her fundraising skills that are regarded as a key political asset. Among those: Adding No. 2 roles to be filled by newer members on every House standing committee and adding six regional vice chairs to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

She's both unpopular and, for a congressional figure, relatively well-known. She retains a devoted core of fiercely loyal supporters.

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Nancy Pelosi is sending a defiant message to House Democrats who are grumbling about her leadership: Come at me. "And I think the answer is obvious", Vela said.

Some Democrats, though, have wanted her out, particularly after the party was unable to win back control in 2016, a year when the party was seen as having a decent chance of doing so. Pelosi's PAC gave $496,000.

"I think we do need a bolder economic platform that speaks to wage stagnation and the need for new jobs ... and has new ideas that can capture people's attention and imagination", he told ABC News. And she remains the party's most prodigious fundraiser, bringing in $567.9 million for the party since she joined leadership in 2002. But pressed if she had any plans to go anywhere, she replied "no".

"We as Democrats have to come to terms with the fact that we lost again", said Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass. "But this is something we certainly have to discuss, because it's clear that I think across the board in the Democratic Party, we need new leadership". But The New York Time reports he hadn't committed to supporting Pelosi as the House minority leader.

Still, younger members disappointed by the November results and the recent slate of special elections have said it's time for new leadership. Mailer after mailer, TV ad after TV ad reinforced the link between Ossoff and Pelosi, who internal GOP polling showed had strong negatives for Republican voters in the district.

"Say "no" to Pelosi's "yes" man", blared one ad from the Congressional Leadership Fund super PAC.

But Pelosi's camp signaled she is taking the grumbling seriously.

"He didn't write that", Pelosi said. "But I think I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly".

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