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21 News Reporter Matt Stone is in Washington, where he is waiting to find out if House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will fend off a challenge by Valley Congressman Tim Ryan to retain her role as House Minority Leader.

A podium has been set up outside the House Ways and Means Conference Room, where house Democrats have been meeting to decide who will be their new leader.

At last word from Tim Ryan's office, the votes are now being tallied, and word results are expected soon.

Ryan is challenging Pelosi following surprise losses by the Democratic Party in the November elections.

"Over the last 18 years, Democrats have only been in the majority of the House of Representatives for two terms," Ryan said in a letter to colleagues.

Ryan has said he had never planned on seeking a leadership role in the House, but said that after this election every Democrat needs to reevaluate their roles.

Ryan was a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton.

Ryan, who currently sits on the House Appropriations committee, has been a member of Congress since 2003, when he took over the seat previously held by former Congressman Jim Traficant.

The House Minority leader's job is to act as a spokesperson for the party's agenda and to organize legislative strategy.

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