House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has defended her congressional seat, defeating a challenge from fellow Democrat Shahid Buttar on Tuesday night.
The Californian Democrat is projected to win reelection to secure her 18th term in Congress. She has been serving as the representative in Congress for 33 years.
Pelosi has refused to debate Buttar and instead had focused her efforts on keeping the Democratic majority in the House.
The House speaker declared on late Tuesday night in a press conference, as votes were being counted, that Democrats had “held the House.”
She said that the key issue in the 2020 congressional race was about American healthcare.
Democrats had made the Affordable Care Act (ACA) a main issue in the election as well as then-Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee in October. Democrats have been defending lawsuits challenging the ACA and have criticized President Donald Trump and Republicans for their efforts to repeal the law.
A pending legal challenge to the law will be heard at the Supreme Court on Nov. 10.
Her pledge to run for speaker again comes as she has not spoken to President Donald Trump in more than a year, highlighting the gridlocked nature of Congress in recent years. The last time she spoke with the president was on Oct. 19, 2019, in the midst of the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into Trump.