COVID is wildcard as Pelosi faces tricky Speaker vote

“I think she’ll win, but I’m just not sure how she gets there,” said Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), summarizing a sentiment common throughout the caucus. “They have to make sure that all the members come. They have to come in person. And some members have illnesses, so it’s going to be a little touchy.”

Indeed, several Democrats have ongoing health concerns unrelated to the coronavirus that have kept them out of Washington for much of the year. And at least two — Reps. Gwen Moore (Wis.) and Rick Larsen (Wash.) — contracted the virus in late December…

Pelosi will win, said a senior Democratic lawmaker, “just as long as everyone shows up.”

“That’s the thing, you just want to make sure nobody gets sick,” said the lawmaker, a Pelosi ally who spoke anonymously to discuss a sensitive topic. “Because there’s a slim margin.”