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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., defends Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server in the wake of a State Department oversight report today that stated she broke federal rules, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 25, 2016. As Congress prepares to get out of town for a week-long Memorial Day recess, Pelosi also said Republicans in Congress are dysfunctional and are responsible for the lack of funding to combat the Zika virus. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have re-elected Nancy Pelosi as their leader.
The California lawmaker, who has led the party since 2002, turned back a challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan on Wednesday.
Her win came despite disenchantment among some in the Democratic caucus over the party's disappointing performance in the elections earlier this month. Democrats will remain in the minority in the House and Senate next year and won't have the presidency as a bulwark against Republicans.
Democrats were also choosing other leaders during the closed-door session that was expected to take several hours.
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