After losing House seats in the election, Speaker Nancy Pelosi must govern competing factions of progressive and centrist Democrats with a narrow majority [J Scott Applewhite/AP Photo]

Democrats in the United States House of Representatives, while managing to hold on to a majority, suffered serious defeats in the 2020 election, falling far short of expectations and setting off infighting.

Democrats, who held a 35-seat advantage in the House, will see their majority nearly evaporate, losing 10 to 15 seats as Republicans defied pre-election polls.

“It feels like a small but important number of voters who didn’t like Trump and voted for Biden also didn’t want to give control of Congress to Democrats,” said Kyle Kondik, a political analyst at the University of Virginia.

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