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Does Nancy Pelosi want to serve again as Speaker? She won’t say.

Will she stay or will she go? And does she want to serve again as Speaker of the House?

Ask House Democrats about the political future of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and they claim they don’t know whether she will stick around after the November elections or retire after 25 years in Congress. (Ask them whether they want her to stay, and they’re likely to dodge the question.)

On Sunday, Pelosi did little to quell speculation about her future, saying she’s more concerned about making sure Democrats win back the House majority than she is about serving again as Speaker.

“I just want to come back with the Democrats in the majority, that’s really what is important,” she told ABC’s “This Week.” “I’m really excited about the election and the opportunity it gives us to make the distinction, and I’m very proud that president Obama is at the top of our ticket.”

Whether or not she serves again as speaker is “incidental,” Pelosi said, adding that “what’s important is that the Democrats win.”

Republicans maintain a 244 to 196 majority in the House, and Democrats would need to hold all of their current seats and win at least 25 more in order to win back the majority in November. Pelosi said Sunday that she agrees with House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) that at least 50 GOP lawmakers are vulnerable this year, but added that she think as many as 75 Republican seats are in play.

“I feel pretty good about where we are,” she told ABC.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.


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