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Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan Wants To Challenge Nancy Pelosi For Minority Leader

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan says he's challenging Nancy Pelosi's leadership in the wake of another underwhelming House election.
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California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi now has an official challenger for her role as House minority leader — Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan.

Ryan's been in the House since 2003, though he's never held a leadership position. He pointed to the Democrats' dramatic losses in the House as evidence that things need to change.

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Ryan told CNN: "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and you keep getting the same results. So time to move on, I think."

It'll be tough to oust Pelosi — the minority leader has built up a loyal support base during her 14-year tenure as caucus leader. 

"Without even asking anybody for a vote, I have over two-thirds of the caucus supporting me," Pelosi told reporters.

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But Ryan's candidacy could lead to a historic first; if he's elected, both of the senior party members in the House will have the last name Ryan.

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